Old Testament

Leviticus 22
Rules for Eating Holy Food
221The Lord spoke to Moses: 2“Tell Aaron and his sons to be very careful with the holy things of the people of Israel, which they consecrate to me, so that they may not defile my holy name. I am the Lord. 3Tell them these things.”
In future generations, if any man among all your descendants, while he is in a state of uncleanness, approaches the holy things, which the Israelites consecrate to the Lord, that person is to be cut off from my presence. I am the Lord.
4Any man of Aaron's descendants who has an impure skin disease or a bodily discharge shall not eat any of the holy things until he is clean.
Any man who touches anything made unclean by a dead person, or any man from whom an emission of semen goes out, 5or any man who touches any swarming creature that makes him unclean, or who touches any human being who makes him unclean, whatever his uncleanness might be— 6that person who touches any of these things will be unclean until sunset and shall not eat any of the holy things unless he has washed his body with water. 7When the sun has gone down, he will be clean. After that he may eat from the holy things, for it is his food. 8But he shall not eat anything that has died naturally or been torn by wild animals, and so become unclean by it. I am the Lord.
9Aaron's descendants shall therefore keep watch for me, so that they do not become responsible for sin on account of uncleanness and die for it because they have defiled something holy. I am the Lord, who sets them apart as holy.
10No person who is not a member of a priest's family may eat anything holy. No guest or employee of a priest may eat anything holy. 11But if a priest purchases anyone with his money, that person may eat from it, and those who are born into his household may eat from his food. 12If a priest's daughter has a husband who is not a priest, she may not eat any of the holy things that have been donated as an elevated offering. 13But if a priest's daughter is widowed or divorced and she has no children and returns to her father's house as in her youth, she may eat of her father's food. No person who is not a member of a priest's family may eat of it.
14If anyone eats a holy thing unintentionally, he shall add one fifth of its value to it and give the holy thing to the priest.
15The priests shall not defile the holy things that the Israelites donate as an elevated offering to the Lord 16by letting other people eat them and so make that person incur the penalty of a restitution offering for the holy things, because I am the Lord, who sets them apart as holy.
Acceptable Offerings for the Israelites
17The Lord told Moses 18to speak to Aaron and his sons and the whole people of Israel and tell them this:
Whenever anyone of the house of Israel or any of the aliens residing in Israel presents their offerings—whether it is any kind of offering to fulfill a vow or any kind of voluntary[] offering, which may be presented to the Lord as a burnt offering— 19in order for the offering to be accepted it must be a male without blemish, from the cattle or the sheep or the goats. 20You shall not present any animal with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.
21If anyone presents a sacrifice as a fellowship offering to the Lord from the herd or the flock to fulfill a vow or as a voluntary offering, it must be without blemish for it to be accepted on your behalf. There must not be any defect in it. 22Any animal that is blind, injured, or maimed, with a growth in the eye, a festering boil, or sores—these you shall not present to the Lord. You shall not put any of these on the altar as an offering made by fire to the Lord. 23You may, however, make a voluntary offering with a head of cattle or with a sheep or goat that has a long or short leg, but it will not be accepted as an offering to fulfill a vow. 24You shall not present to the Lord any animal that has its testicles bruised or crushed or torn out or cut off. You shall not do this in your land. 25You shall not present any of these animals from a foreigner as the food of your God. Because they are flawed, with a defect in them, they will not be accepted on your behalf.
26Then the Lord told Moses this:
27When a calf or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall remain with its mother for seven days. From the eighth day on, it will be acceptable as an offering that is a gift made by fire to the Lord. 28But you shall not slaughter a cow or a ewe with her young on the same day.
29When you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Lord, you shall sacrifice it so that you will be accepted. 30It must be eaten on the same day. You shall not leave any of it over until the morning. I am the Lord.
31So you shall keep my commandments by doing them. I am the Lord. 32Therefore you shall not defile my holy name, so that I may be honored as holy among the Israelites. I am the Lord, who sets you apart as holy, 33who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord.