Leviticus 17:7

Hebrew Bible

5 This is so that the Israelites will bring their sacrifices that they are sacrificing in the open field to the Lord at the entrance of the Meeting Tent—to the priest—and sacrifice them there as peace-offering sacrifices to the Lord. 6 The priest is to splash the blood on the altar of the Lord at the entrance of the Meeting Tent, and offer the fat up in smoke for a soothing aroma to the Lord. 7 So the people must no longer offer their sacrifices to the goat demons, acting like prostitutes by going after them. This is to be a perpetual statute for them throughout their generations.”’ 8 “You are to say to them: ‘Any man from the house of Israel or from the resident foreigners who live in their midst, who offers a burnt offering or a sacrifice

Samaritan Leviticus 17:7

Samaritan Penteteuch

5 To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD. 6 And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD that is at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD. 7 And they shall no longer sacrifice their sac­rifices to the gates with which they play the harlot. This shall be a permanent statute to them throughout their generations. 8 And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that does a burnt offering or sacrifice

 Notes and References

"... Leviticus 17:7 In the Israelite Sa­maritan text it is writ­ten: “Sharem” = Gates, but in the Jewish Masoretic text it is writ­ten “Sherim” = Demon Goats. The latter does not make sense, because Shehmaa wants His sac­rifice offered in a pure gate, like the gate of the tent of meeting, and not in a non-sacred public gate where even whores and prostitutes would be ..."

Tsedaka, Benyamim The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah: First English Translation Compared with the Masoretic Version (p. 270) William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2013

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