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And if he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass, which he hath committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, unto the Lord; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.

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Leviticus 5:7 Translation & Meaning

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And if וְאִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not if
he יָדוֹ֮ A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] he
be not לֹ֨א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
able דֵּ֣י Enough (as noun or adverb), used chiefly with preposition in phrases able
to bring תַגִּ֣יע Properly, to touch, i.e., lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphemistically, to lie with a woman); by implication, to reach (figuratively, to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy, etc.) bring
a lamb, שֶׂה֒ A member of a flock, i.e., a sheep or goat lamb
then he shall bring וְהֵבִ֨יא To go or come (in a wide variety of applications) then bring
for his trespass, אֲשָׁמ֜וֹ Guilt; by implication, a fault; also a sin-offering trespass
which אֲשֶׁ֣ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc which
he hath committed, חָטָ֗א Properly, to miss; hence (figuratively and generally) to sin; by inference, to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, (causatively) lead astray, condemn committed
two שְׁתֵּ֥י Two; also (as ordinal) twofold two
turtledoves, תֹרִ֛ים A ring-dove, often (figuratively) as a term of endearment turtledoves
or אֽוֹ Desire (and so probably in Proverbs 31:4); hence (by way of alternative) or, also if or
two שְׁנֵ֥י Two; also (as ordinal) twofold two
young בְנֵֽי A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) young
pigeons, יוֹנָ֖ה A dove (apparently from the warmth of their mating) pigeons
unto the Lord; לַֽיהוָ֑ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
one אֶחָ֥ד Properly, united, i.e., one; or (as an ordinal) first one
for a sin offering, לְחַטָּ֖את An offence (sometimes habitual sinfulness), and its penalty, occasion, sacrifice, or expiation; also (concretely) an offender sin offering
and the other וְאֶחָ֥ד Properly, united, i.e., one; or (as an ordinal) first other
for a burnt offering. לְעֹלָֽה׃ A step or (collectively, stairs, as ascending); usually a holocaust (as going up in smoke) burnt offering

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  • 5  And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he hath sinned in that thing:

  • 6  And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the Lord for his sin which he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin.

  • 7  And if he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass, which he hath committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, unto the Lord; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.

  • 8  And he shall bring them unto the priest, who shall offer that which is for the sin offering first, and wring off his head from his neck, but shall not divide it asunder:

  • 9  And he shall sprinkle of the blood of the sin offering upon the side of the altar; and the rest of the blood shall be wrung out at the bottom of the altar: it is a sin offering.


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