1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “Give the following instructions to Aaron and his sons and all the people of Israel. This is what the Lord has commanded. 3 “If any native Israelite sacrifices a bull 1 or a lamb or a goat anywhere inside or outside the camp 4 instead of bringing it to the entrance of the Tabernacle 2 to present it as an offering to the Lord , that person will be as guilty as a murderer. 3 Such a person has shed blood and will be cut off from the community. 5 The purpose of this rule is to stop the Israelites from sacrificing animals in the open fields. It will ensure that they bring their sacrifices to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle, so he can present them to the Lord as peace offerings. 6 Then the priest will be able to splatter the blood against the Lord ’s altar at the entrance of the Tabernacle, and he will burn the fat as a pleasing aroma to the Lord . 7 The people must no longer be unfaithful to the Lord by offering sacrifices to the goat idols. 4 This is a permanent law for them, to be observed from generation to generation.
8 “Give them this command as well. If any native Israelite or foreigner living among you offers a burnt offering or a sacrifice 9 but does not bring it to the entrance of the Tabernacle to offer it to the Lord , that person will be cut off from the community.