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Leviticus Chapter 1

Leviticus 1:1
1:1 And the {a} LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out
    of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,

 The Argument - As God daily by most singular benefits declared
    himself mindful of his Church: he did not want them to have
    opportunity to trust either in themselves, or to depend on
    others, either for lack of physical things, or anything that
    belonged to his divine service and religion. Therefore he
    ordained various kinds of duties and sacrifices, to assure
    them of forgiveness for their offences (if they offered them
    in true faith and obedience.) Also he appointed the priests
    and levites, their apparel, offices, conversation and
    portion; he showed what feasts they should observe, and
    when.  Moreover, he declares by these sacrifices and
    ceremonies that the reward of sin is death, and that without
    the blood of Christ the innocent Lamb, there can be no
    forgiveness of sins.  Because they should not give priority
    to their own inventions (which God detested, as appears by
    the terrible example of Nadab and Abihu) he prescribed even
    to the least things, what they should do, what beasts they
    should offer and eat, what diseases were contagious and to
    be avoided, how they should purge all types of filthiness
    and pollution, whose company they should flee, what
    marriages were lawful, and what customs were profitable.
    After declaring these things, he promised favour and blessing
    to those who keep his laws, and threatened his curse to
    those who transgressed them.

    (a) By this Moses declares that he taught nothing to the
        people but that which he received from God.

Leviticus 1:2
1:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any
    man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring
    your offering of the {b} cattle, [even] of the herd, and of
    the flock.

    (b) So they could offer of no other sort, but of those who
        were commanded.

Leviticus 1:3
1:3 If his offering [be] a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him
    offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own
    voluntary will at the door of the {c} tabernacle of the
    congregation before the LORD.

    (c) Meaning, within the court of the tabernacle.

Leviticus 1:5
1:5 And {d} he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the
    priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle
    the blood round about upon the {e} altar that [is by] the
    door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

    (d) A priest of the Levites.
    (e) Of the burnt offering, Exodus 27:1.

Leviticus 1:9
1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the
    priest shall burn all on the altar, [to be] a burnt
    sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour {f}
    unto the LORD.

    (f) Or a savour of rest, which pacifies the anger of the

Leviticus 1:11
1:11 {g} And he shall kill it on the side of the altar northward
     {h} before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall
     sprinkle his blood round about upon the altar.

     (g) Read Leviticus 1:5.
     (h) Before the altar of the Lord.

Leviticus 1:15
1:15 And the priest shall bring it unto the altar, and {i} wring
     off his head, and burn [it] on the altar; and the blood
     thereof shall be wrung out at the side of the altar:

     (i) The Hebrew word signifies to pinch off with the nail.

Leviticus 1:16
1:16 And he shall pluck away his crop with his feathers, and
     cast it beside the altar on the {k} east part, by the place
     of the ashes:

     (k) On the side of the court gate in the pans which stood
         with ashes; Exodus 27:3.

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