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Bible Commentaries
Leviticus 6

Barnes' Notes on the Whole BibleBarnes' Notes

Verse 1

In the Hebrew Bible Leviticus 6:1-7 form part of Leviticus 5:0. It is evident that they ought to do so.

Verse 5

In the day of his trespass offering - The restitution was thus to be associated with the religious act by which the offender testified his penitence.

Verse 9

Rather, “This, the burnt-offering, shall be upon the fire on the altar all night unto the morning.” See Exodus 29:38-46, with the notes.

Verse 10

Ashes ... with the burnt-offering - Rather, the ashes to which the fire hath consumed the burnt-offering.

Verse 13

The fire shall ever be burning - This was a symbol of the never-ceasing worship which Yahweh required of His people. It was essentially connected with their acts of sacrifice.

Verses 14-18

See Leviticus 2:1-10; Exodus 29:40-41.

Leviticus 6:16

With unleavened bread shall it be eaten - This should be, it (the remainder) shall be eaten unleavened.

Verse 20

See Leviticus 4:3. Aaron’s sons here spoken of (as in Leviticus 6:22) must be the succession of high priests who succeeded him. The day of this offering was probably the eighth day of the ceremony of consecration Leviticus 8:35; Leviticus 9:1, when the high priest appears to have entered upon the duties of his office.

A meat offering perpetual - Jewish tradition is in favor of these words implying that this מנחה mı̂nchāh was offered by the high priest as a daily rite from the time of his consecration.

Verse 21

In a pan - See Leviticus 2:5 note.

Verse 22

It shall be wholly burnt - literally, “it shall ascend in fire as a whole burnt-offering.”

Verse 23

Not be eaten - Compare Leviticus 6:30; Leviticus 4:12 note.

Verse 25

The place where ... - See Leviticus 1:11.

It is most holy - See Leviticus 2:3. The key to the special sanctity of the flesh of the sin-offering, as set forth in Leviticus 6:26-30, must, it would seem, be found in the words of Moses to the priests Leviticus 10:17. The flesh of the victim, which represented the sinner for whom atonement was now made, was to be solemnly, and most exclusively, appropriated by those who were appointed to mediate between the sinner and the Lord. The far-reaching symbolism of the act met its perfect fulfillment in the One Mediator who took our nature upon Himself. Philippians 2:7.

Verse 28

The earthen vessel - Unglazed pottery would absorb some of the juices of the meat: and a vessel made holy could not be put to any other purpose.

Verse 30

To reconcile withal generally rendered “to make atonement for.”

The holy place - The outer apartment of the tabernacle. See the Leviticus 10:18 note.

Bibliographical Information
Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Leviticus 6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/leviticus-6.html. 1870.
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