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a scapegoat: Heb. Azazel
b fell: Heb. went up
c remaineth: Heb. dwelleth
d a fit…: Heb. a man of opportunity
e not…: Heb. of separation
f consecrate: Heb. fill his hand
1亚伦 的两个 儿子 近到 耶和华 面前 死了 。死了 之后 ,耶和华 晓谕 摩西 说 :
1And the LORD spake unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered before the LORD, and died;

The solemn yearly expiation for the high priest, who must not

come at all times into the holy place, 1, 2.

He must take a bullock for a sin-offering, and a ram for a

burnt-offering, bathe himself, and be dressed in his sacerdotal

robes, 3, 4.

He shall take two goats, one of which is to be determined by

lot to be a sacrifice; the other to be a scapegoat, 5-10.

He shall offer a bullock for himself and for his family, 11-14.

And shall kill the goat as a sin-offering for the people, and

sprinkle its blood upon the mercy-seat, and hallow the altar of

burnt-offerings, 15-19.

The scapegoat shall be then brought, on the head of which he

shall lay his hands, and confess the iniquities of the children

of Israel; after which the goat shall be permitted to escape to

the wilderness, 20-22.

After this Aaron shall bathe himself, and make a burnt-offering

for himself and for the people, 23-28.

This is to be an everlasting statute, and the day on which the

atonement is to be made shall be a Sabbath, or day of rest,

through all their generations, 29-34.


Verse 1. After the death of the two sons of Aaron] It

appears from this verse that the natural place of this chapter

is immediately after the tenth, where probably it originally

stood; but the transposition, if it did take place, must be very

ancient, as all the versions acknowledge this chapter in the

place in which it now stands.

2要告诉 你哥哥 亚伦 ,不可随时 进 圣 所 的幔子内 、到柜上 的施恩座 前 ,免得他死亡 ,因为我要从云中 显现 在施恩座上 。
2And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.
2 Verse 2. That he come not at all times into the holy place]

By the holy place we are to understand here what is ordinarily

called the Holy of Holies, or most holy place; that place within

the veil where the ark of the covenant, &c., were laid up; and

where God manifested his presence between the cherubim. In

ordinary cases the high priest could enter this place only once

in the year, that is, on the day of annual atonement; but in

extraordinary cases he might enter more frequently, viz., while

in the wilderness, in decamping and encamping, he must enter to

take down or adjust the things; and on solemn pressing public

occasions, he was obliged to enter in order to consult the Lord:

but he never entered without the deepest reverence and due


That it may appear that the grand subject of this chapter, the

ordinance of the scape-goat, typified the death and resurrection

of Christ, and the atonement thereby made, I beg leave to refer

to Heb 9:7-12, and Heb 9:24-26, which I shall here transcribe,

because it is a key to the whole of this chapter. "Into the

second [tabernacle] went the high priest alone once every year,

not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the

errors of the people. The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the

way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as

the first tabernacle was yet standing: which was a figure for

the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and

sacrifices that could not make him that did the service perfect,

as pertaining to the conscience; which stood only in meats and

drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on

them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come, a

high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more

perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of

this building; neither by the BLOOD of GOATS and CALVES, but by

his OWN BLOOD; he entered into the holy place, having obtained

eternal redemption for us. For Christ is not entered into the

holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true;

but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for

us: nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high

priest entereth into the holy place every year with the blood of

others; (for then must he often have suffered since the

foundation of the world;) but now once in the end of the world,


3亚伦 进 圣所 ,要带一只公牛 犊 为赎罪祭 ,一只公绵羊 为燔祭 。
3Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering.
3 Verse 3. With a young bullock for a sin-offering]

The bullock was presented as a sin-offering for himself, his

family, the whole priesthood, and probably the Levites. The

ram was for a burnt-offering, to signify that he and his

associates were wholly consecrated, and to be wholly employed in

this work of the ministry. The ceremonies with which these two

sacrifices were accompanied are detailed in the following verses.

4要穿上 细麻布 圣 内袍 ,把细麻布 裤子 穿在身上 ,腰束 细麻布 带子 ,头戴 细麻布 冠冕 ;这 都是圣 服 。他要用水 洗 身 ,然后穿戴 。
4He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on.
4 Verse 4. He shall put on the holy linen coat] He was not to

dress in his pontifical garments, but in the simple sacerdotal

vestments, or those of the Levites, because it was a day of

humiliation; and as he was to offer sacrifices for his own sins,

it was necessary that he should appear in habits suited to the

occasion. Hence he has neither the robe, the ephod, the

breastplate, the mitre, &c.; these constituted his dress of

dignity as the high priest of God, ministering for others and

the representative of Christ: but now he appears, before God as

a sinner, offering an atonement for his transgressions, and his

garments are those of humiliation.

5要从以色列 会众 取 两只 公 山羊 为赎罪祭 ,一只 公绵羊 为燔祭 。
5And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.
6亚伦 要把赎罪祭 的公牛 奉上 ,为 自己和本家 赎罪 ;
6And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house.
7也要把 两只 公山羊 安置在 会 幕 门口 、耶和华 面前 ,
7And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
7 Verse 7. And he shall take the two goats] It is allowed on

all hands that this ceremony, taken in all its parts, pointed

out the Lord Jesus dying for our sins and rising again for our

justification; being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by

the Spirit. Two goats are brought, one to be slain as a

sacrifice for sin, the other to have the transgressions of the

people confessed over his head, and then to be sent away into

the wilderness. The animal by this act was represented as

bearing away or carrying off the sins of the people. The two

goats made only one sacrifice, yet only one of them was slain.

One animal could not point out both the Divine and human nature

of Christ, nor show both his death and resurrection, for the

goat that was killed could not be made alive. The Divine and

human natures in Christ were essential to the grand expiation:

yet the human nature alone suffered, for the Divine nature could

not suffer; but its presence in the human nature, while

agonizing unto death, stamped those agonies, and the consequent

death, with infinite merit. The goat therefore that was slain

prefigured his human nature and its death; the goat that escaped

pointed out his resurrection. The one shows the atonement for

sin, as the ground of justification; the other Christ's victory,

and the total removal of sin in the sanctification of the soul.

Concerning these ceremonies we shall see farther particulars as

we proceed.

According to Maimonides fifteen beasts were offered on this

day. "The daily, or morning and evening sacrifice, was offered

as usual: besides a bullock, a ram, and seven lambs, all

burnt-offerings; and a goat for a sin-offering, which was eaten

in the evening. Then a bullock for a sin-offering, and this

they burnt; and a ram for a burnt-offering: these both for the

high priest. Then the ram for the consecration, (see Le 16:5)

which is called the people's ram. They brought also for the

congregation two he-goats; the one for a sin-offering, the other

for a scape-goat. Thus all the beasts offered on this great

solemn day were FIFTEEN: the two daily sacrifices, one bullock,

two rams, and seven lambs: all of these burnt-offerings. Two

goats for sin-offerings; one offered without and eaten on the

evening, the other offered within and burnt; and one bullock for

a sin-offering for the high priest. The service of all these

fifteen beasts is performed on this day by the high priest

only." See Maimonides and Ainsworth on the place.

8为那两只 羊 拈 阄 ,一 阄 归与耶和华 ,一 阄 归与阿撒泻勒 。
8And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat.a
8 Verse 8. Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats] The Jews

inform us that there were two lots made either of wood, stone,

or any kind of metal. On one was written LASHSHEM, for the

NAME, i. e., JEHOVAH, which the Jews will neither write nor

pronounce: on the other was written LAAZAZEL, for the

SCAPE-GOAT: then they put the two lots into a vessel which was

called kalpey, the goats standing with their faces towards

the west. Then the priest came, and the goats stood before him,

one on the right hand and the other on the left; the kalpey was

then shaken, and the priest put in both his hands and brought

out a lot in each: that which was in his right hand he laid on

the goat that was on his right, and that in his left hand he

laid on the goat that was on his left; and according to what was

written on the lots, the scape-goat and the goat for sacrifice

were ascertained. See the Mishna, in Tract. Yoma.

The determining this solemn business by lot, the disposal of

which is with the Lord, Pr 16:33, shows that God alone was to

select and point out the person by whom this great atonement was

to be made; hence he says: Behold I lay in Zion a stone, elect

(that is, chosen by himself) and precious-of infinite value.

9亚伦 要把 那拈阄 归与 耶和华 的羊 献为 赎罪祭 ,
9And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering.b
10但那拈阄 归与 阿撒泻勒 的羊 要活着 安置在 耶和华 面前 ,用以赎罪 ,打发人送到 旷野 去,归与阿撒泻勒 。
10But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.
10 Verse 10. To be the scape-goat] azazel, from

az, a goat, and azal, to dismiss; the

dismissed or sent away goat, to distinguish it from the goat

that was to be offered in sacrifice. Most ancient nations had

vicarious sacrifices, to which they transferred by certain rites

and ceremonies the guilt of the community at large, in the same

manner in which the scapegoat was used by the Jews. The white

bull that was sacrificed by the Egyptians to their god Apis was

of this kind; they cut off the head of the victim which they had

sacrificed, and after having loaded it with execrations, "that if

there be any evil hanging over them or the land of Egypt, it may

be poured out upon that head," they either sold it to the Greeks

or threw it into the Nile.-See HEROD. Euterp., p. 104, edit. Gale.

Petronius Arbiter says that it was a custom among the ancient

inhabitants of Marseilles, whenever they were afflicted by any

pestilence, to take one of the poorer citizens who offered

himself for the purpose, and having fed him a whole year with

the purest and best food, they adorned him with vervain, and

clothed him with sacred vestments: they then led him round their

city, loading him with execrations; and having prayed that all

the evils to which the city was exposed might fall upon him,

they then precipitated him from the top of a rock.-Satiricon,

in fine.

Suidas, under the word περιψημα, observes that it was a custom

to devote a man annually to death for the safety of the people,

with these words, περιψημαημωνγενου, Be thou our purifier;

and, having said so, to throw him into the sea as a sacrifice to

Neptune. It was probably to this custom that Virgil alludes

when speaking of the pilot Palinurus, who fell into the sea and

was drowned, he says:-

Unum pro multis dabiter caput.-AEn., lib. v., ver. 815.

"One life is given for the preservation of many."

But the nearest resemblance to the scapegoat of the Hebrews

is found in the Ashummeed Jugg of the Hindoos, where a horse is

used instead of a goat, the description of which I shall here

introduce from Mr. Halhed's Code of Gentoo Laws; Introduction,

p. xix.

"That the curious," says he, "may form some idea of this

Gentoo sacrifice when reduced to a symbol, as well as from the

subsequent plain account given of it in a chapter of the Code,

sec. ix., p. 127, an explanation of it is here inserted from

Darul Shek�h's famous Persian translation of some commentaries

upon the four Beids, or original Scriptures of Hindostan. The

work itself is extremely scarce, and it was by mere accident

that this little specimen was procured:-

"The Ashummeed Jugg does not merely consist in the performance

of that ceremony which is open to the inspection of the world,

namely, in bringing a horse and sacrificing him; but Ashummeed

is to be taken in a mystic signification, as implying that the

sacrificer must look upon himself to be typified in that horse,

such as he shall be described; because the religious duty of the

Ashummeed Jugg comprehends all those other religious duties to

the performance of which the wise and holy direct all their

actions, and by which all the sincere professors of every

different faith aim at perfection. The mystic signification

thereof is as follows: The head of that unblemished horse is the

symbol of the morning; his eyes are the sun; his breath, the

wind; his wide-opening mouth is the bish-waner, or that innate

warmth which invigorates all the world; his body typifies one

entire year; his back, paradise; his belly, the plains; his

hoof, this earth; his sides, the four quarters of the heavens;

the bones thereof, the intermediate spaces between the four

quarters; the rest of his limbs represent all distinct matter;

the places where those limbs meet, or his joints, imply the

months, and halves of the months, which are called peche,

(or fortnights;) his feet signify night and day; and night and

day are of four kinds: 1. The night and day of Brihma; 2. The

night and day of angels; 3. The night and day of the world of the

spirits of deceased ancestors; 4. The night and day of mortals.

These four kinds are typified in his four feet. The rest of his

bones are the constellations of the fixed stars, which are the

twenty-eight stages of the moon's course, called the lunar year;

his flesh is the clouds; his food, the sand; his tendons,

the rivers; his spleen and liver, the mountains; the hair

of his body, the vegetables; and his long hair, the trees; the

forepart of his body typifies the first half of the day, and the

hinder part, the latter half; his yawning is the flash of

the lightning, and his turning himself is the thunder of the

cloud; his urine represents the rain, and his mental

reflection is his only speech. The golden vessels which are

prepared before the horse is let loose are the light of the day,

and the place where those vessels are kept is a type of the ocean

of the east; the silver vessels which are prepared after the horse

is let loose are the light of the night, and the place where those

vessels are kept is a type of the ocean of the west. These two

sorts of vessels are always before and after the horse. The

Arabian horse, which on account of his swiftness is called Hy, is

the performer of the journeys of angels; the Tajee, which is of

the race of Persian horses, is the performer of the journeys of

the Kundherps, (or good spirits;) the Wazba, which is of the race

of the deformed Tazee horses, is the performer of the journeys of

the Jins, (or demons;) and the Ashov, which is of the race of

Turkish horses, is the performer of the journeys of mankind:

this one horse which performs these several services on account

of his four different sorts of riders, obtains the four

different appellations. The place where this horse remains is

the great ocean, which signifies the great spirit of Perm-Atma,

or the universal soul, which proceeds also from that Perm-Atma,

and is comprehended in the same Perm-Atma. The intent of this

sacrifice is, that a man should consider himself to be in the

place of that horse, and look upon all these articles as

typified in himself; and conceiving the Atma (or Divine soul) to

be an ocean, should let all thought of self be absorbed in that


This sacrifice is explained, in sec. ix., p. 127, of the Code

of Hindoo Laws, thus:-

"An Ashummeed Jugg is when a person, having commenced a Jugg,

(i. e., religious ceremony,) writes various articles upon a

scroll of paper on a horse's neck, and dismisses the horse,

sending along with the horse a stout and valiant person,

equipped with the best necessaries and accoutrements to

accompany the horse day and night whithersoever he shall choose

to go; and if any creature, either man, genius, or dragon,

should seize the horse, that man opposes such attempt, and

having gained the victory upon a battle, again gives the horse

his freedom. If any one in this world, or in heaven, or beneath

the earth, would seize this horse, and the horse of himself

comes to the house of the celebrator of the Jugg, upon killing

that horse he must throw the flesh of him upon the fire of the

Juk, and utter the prayers of his deity; such a Jugg is called a

Jugg Ashummeed, and the merit of it as a religious work is


This is a most curious circumstance; and the coincidence

between the religious rites of two people who probably never had

any intercourse with each other, is very remarkable. I would

not however say that the Hindoo ceremony could not have been

borrowed from the Jews; (though it is very unlikely;) no more

than I should say, as some have done, that the Jewish rite was

borrowed from the Egyptian sacrifice to Apis mentioned above,

which is still more unlikely.

See particularly Clarke's note on "Le 1:4".

11亚伦 要把赎罪祭 的公牛 牵来 宰了 ,为自己和本家 赎罪 ;
11And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself:
12拿 香炉 ,从耶和华 面前 的坛上 盛满 火 炭 ,又拿一捧 捣细的 香料 ,都带入 幔子 内 ,
12And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the LORD, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail:
13在耶和华 面前 ,把香 放在 火上 ,使香 的烟云 遮掩 法柜上 的施恩座 ,免得他死亡 ;
13And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not:
14也要取些 公牛 的血 ,用指头 弹在 施恩座 的东面 ,又在施恩座 的前面 弹 血 七 次 。
14And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.
15随后他要宰 那为百姓 作赎罪祭 的公山羊 ,把羊的血 带入 幔子 内 ,弹在 施恩座 的上面和前面 ,好象弹公牛 的血 一样。

15 ¶ Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:
16他因以色列 人 诸般的污秽 、过犯 ,就是他们一切的罪愆,当这样在圣所 行赎罪 之礼,并因会 幕 在 他们污秽 之中 ,也要照样而行 。
16And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.c
17他进 圣所 赎罪 的时候,会 幕 里不可有人 ,直等到他为自己和本家 并以色列 全会众 赎了罪 出来 。
17And there shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goeth in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the congregation of Israel.
18他出来 ,要到耶和华 面前 的坛 那里,在坛上行赎罪 之礼,又要取些 公牛 的血 和公山羊 的血 ,抹在 坛上 四角 的周围 ;
18And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the LORD, and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about.
19也要用指头 把血 弹在 坛上七 次 ,洁净了 坛,从坛上除掉以色列 人 诸般的污秽 ,使坛成圣 。
19And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.
20亚伦为圣所 和会 幕 并坛 献完了 赎罪祭 ,就要把那只活着的 公山羊 奉上 。

20 ¶ And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat:
21两 手 按在 羊 头上 ,承认 以色列 人 诸般的罪孽 过犯 ,就是他们一切的罪愆 ,把这罪都归在 羊 的头上 ,藉着所派之人 的手 ,送到 旷野 去。
21And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:d
21 Verse 21. Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head, &c.]

What this imposition of hands meant

see in Clarke's notes on "Ex 29:10", and "Le 1:4".

And confess over him all the iniquities-transgressions-sins]

The three terms used here, INIQUITIES, avonoth, from

avah, to pervert, distort, or turn aside; TRANSGRESSIONS,

peshaim, from pasha, to transgress, to

rebel; and SINS, chattaoth, from chata, to

miss the mark, are supposed by the Jews to comprise every thing

that implies a breach of the Divine law, or an offence against

God. See Clarke on Ge 12:13. Maimonides gives us the

confession in the following words:-

"O Lord, thy people, the house of Israel, have sinned and

done iniquity, and trespassed before thee. O Lord, make

atonement now for the iniquities and transgressions and sins

that thy people, the house of Israel, have sinned and

transgressed against thee; as it is written in the law of Moses

thy servant, saying: That in this day he shall make atonement

for you, to cleanse you from all your sins before the Lord, and

ye shall be clean."-See the Mishna, vol. ii., p. 329.

When this confession was finished, the goat was sent by a

proper hand to the wilderness, and there let loose; and nothing

farther was ever heard of it. Did not all this signify that

Christ has so carried and borne away our sins, that against them

who receive him as the only true atoning sacrifice they should

never more be brought to remembrance?

On the head of the scape-goat, a piece of scarlet cloth was

tied, and the tradition of the Jews states that if God accepted

the sacrifice, the scarlet cloth turned white while the goat was

led to the desert; but if God had not accepted this expiation,

the redness continued, and the rest of the year was spent in


From the foundation of the Church of God it was ever believed

by his followers, that there were certain infallible tokens by

which he discovered to genuine believers his acceptance of them

and their services. This was sometimes done by a fire from

heaven consuming the sacrifice; sometimes by an oracular

communication to the priest or prophet; and at other times,

according to the Jewish account, by changing the fillet or cloth

on the head of the scape-goat from scarlet to white: but most

commonly, and especially under the Gospel dispensation, he gives

this assurance to true believers by the testimony of his Spirit

in their consciences, that he has forgiven their iniquities,

transgressions, and sins, for his sake who has carried their

griefs, and borne their sorrows.

22要把这羊 放在 旷野 ,这羊要担当 他们一切的罪孽 ,带到无人 之地 。
22And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.e
23亚伦 要进 会 幕 ,把他进 圣 所时所穿的 细麻布 衣服 脱下 ,放在 那里,
23And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there:
24又要在圣 处 用水 洗 身 ,穿上 衣服 ,出来 ,把自己的燔祭 和百姓的 燔祭 献上 ,为自己和百姓 赎罪 。
24And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people.
25赎罪祭 牲的脂油 要在坛上 焚烧 。
25And the fat of the sin offering shall he burn upon the altar.
26那放 羊归与阿撒泻勒 的人要洗 衣服 ,用水 洗 身 ,然后 进 营 。
26And he that let go the goat for the scapegoat shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp.
26 Verse 26. He that let go the goat-shall wash, &c.] Not only

the person who led him away, but the priest who consecrated him,

was reputed unclean, because the goat himself was unclean, being

considered as bearing the sins of the whole congregation. On

this account both the priest and the person who led him to the

wilderness were obliged to wash their clothes and bathe

themselves, before they could come into the camp.

27作赎罪祭 的公牛 和公山羊 的血 既带入 圣 所赎罪,这牛羊就要搬到 营 外 ,将皮 、肉 、粪 用火 焚烧 。
27And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung.
28焚烧的 人要洗 衣服 ,用水 洗 身 ,然后 进 营 。
28And he that burneth them shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp.
29每逢七 月 初十 日,你们要刻苦 己心 ,无论是本地人 ,是寄居 在你们中间 的外人 ,甚么工 都不可做 ;这要作你们永远 的定例 。

29 ¶ And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you:
29 Verse 29. The seventh month, on the tenth day of the month]

The commandment of fasting, and sanctifying this tenth day, is

again repeated Le 23:27-32; but in the last verse it is

called the ninth day at even, because the Jewish day began with

the evening. The sacrifices which the day of atonement should

have more than other days, are mentioned Nu 29:7-11; and the

jubilee which was celebrated every fiftieth year was solemnly

proclaimed by sound of trumpet on this tenth day, Le 25:8,9.

A shadow, says Mr. Ainsworth, of that acceptable year of the

Lord, the year of freedom, which Christ has proclaimed by the

trumpet of his Gospel, Lu 4:18-21; 2Co 6:2. This seventh

month was Tisri, and answers to a part of our September and

October. It was the seventh of the sacred and the first

month of the civil year.

THE great day of atonement, and the sacrifices, rites, and

ceremonies prescribed for it, were commanded to be solemnized by

the Jews through the whole of their dispensation, and as long as

God should acknowledge them for his people: yet in the present

day scarcely a shadow of these things remains; there is no

longer a scape-goat, nor a goat for sacrifice, provided by them

in any place. They are sinners, and they are without an

atonement. How strange it is that they do not see that the

essence of their religion is gone, and that consequently God has

thrown them entirely out of covenant with himself! The true

expiation, the Christ crucified, they refuse to receive, and are

consequently without temple, altar, scape-goat, atonement, or

any means of salvation! The state of the Gentile world is bad,

but that of the Jews is doubly deplorable. Their total excision

excepted, wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. What a

proof is this of the truth of the predictions in their own law,

and of those in the Gospel of Christ! Who, with the Jews and

the Bible before his eyes, can doubt the truth of that Bible as

a Divine revelation? Had this people been extinct, we might

have doubted whether there were ever a people on the earth that

acknowledged such a law, or observed such ordinances; but the

people, their law, and their prophets are still in being, and

all proclaim what God has wrought, and that he has now ceased to

work among them, because they have refused to receive and profit

by the great atonement; and yet he preserves them alive, and in

a state of complete separation from all the people of the earth

in all places of their dispersion! How powerfully does the

preservation of the Jews as a distinct people bear testimony at

once to the truth of their own law which they acknowledge, and

the Gospel of Christ which they reject!

2. But while the Jews sit in thick darkness, because of the

veil that is on their hearts, though the light of the glory of

God is shining all around them, but not into them because of

their unbelief; in what state are those who profess to see their

unbelief and obstinacy, acknowledge the truth of the New

Testament, and yet are living without an atonement applied to

their souls for the removal of their iniquities, transgressions,

and sins? These are also in the gall of bitterness, and bond of

iniquity. An all-sufficient Saviour held out in the New

Testament, can do them no more good than a scape-goat and day of

atonement described in the law can do the Jews. As well may a

man imagine that the word bread can nourish his body, as that

the name Christ can save his soul. Both must be received and

applied in order that the man may live.

3. The Jews prepared themselves to get benefit from this most

solemn ordinance by the deepest humiliations. According to

their canons, they were obliged to abstain from all meat and

drink-from the bath-from anointing themselves-to go barefoot-

and to be in a state of perfect continency. He who is likely to

get benefit for his soul through the redemption that is in Christ,

must humble himself under the mighty hand of God, confess his

iniquity, abstain from every appearance of evil, and believe on

him who died for his offences, and rose again for his

justification. The soul that seeks not shall not find, even

under the Gospel of Christ.

30因在这日 要为你们赎罪 ,使你们洁净 。你们要在耶和华 面前 得以洁净 ,脱尽一切的罪愆 。
30For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.
31这日你们要守为圣安息 日 ,要刻苦 己心 ;这为永远 的定例 。
31It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.
32那受膏 、接续 他父亲 承接圣职 的祭司 要穿上 细麻布 的圣 衣 ,行赎罪之礼 。
32And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments:f
33他要在至圣 所 和会 幕 与坛 行赎罪之礼 ,并要为众祭司 和会众 的百姓 赎罪 。
33And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation.
34这要作你们永远 的定例 ―就是因以色列 人 一切的罪 ,要一年 一次 为他们赎罪 。于是,亚伦照耶和华所吩咐 摩西 的行了 。
34And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.
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