Octave of the Ordination. 1On the eighth day* a Moses summoned Aaron and his sons, together with the elders of Israel, 2and said to Aaron, “Take a calf of the herd for a purification offering and a ram for a burnt offering, both without blemish, and offer them before the LORD. 3* Tell the Israelites, too: Take a he-goat for a purification offering, a calf and a lamb, both unblemished yearlings, for a burnt offering, 4and an ox and a ram for a communion sacrifice, to sacrifice before the LORD, along with a grain offering mixed with oil; for today the LORD will appear to you.” 5So they brought what Moses had ordered before the tent of meeting. When the whole community had come forward and stood before the LORD, 6* Moses said, “This is what the LORD orders you to do, that the glory of the LORD may appear to you. 7Approach the altar,” Moses then told Aaron, “and make your purification offering and your burnt offering in atonement for yourself and for your household;* then make the offering of the people in atonement for them, as the LORD has commanded.”b
8Approaching the altar, Aaron first slaughtered the calf of the purification offering that was his own offering. 9When his sons presented the blood to him, he dipped his finger in the blood and put it on the horns of the altar.c The rest of the blood he poured out at the base of the altar. 10He then burned on the altar the fat, the kidneys and the lobe of the liver from the purification offering, as the LORD had commanded Moses; 11but the flesh and the hide he burned in the fire outside the camp.d 12Then Aaron slaughtered the burnt offering. When his sons brought him the blood, he splashed it on all sides of the altar. 13They then brought him the pieces and the head of the burnt offering, and he burned them on the altar. 14Having washed the inner organs and the shanks, he burned these also with the burnt offering on the altar.e
15Then he had the people’s offering brought. Taking the goat that was for the people’s purification offering, he slaughtered it and offered it as a purification offering as before. 16Then he brought forward the burnt offering and offered it according to procedure. 17He then presented the grain offering; taking a handful of it, he burned it on the altar, in addition to the morning burnt offering.f 18Finally he slaughtered the ox and the ram, the communion sacrifice of the people. When his sons brought him the blood, Aaron splashed it on all sides of the altar.g 19The portions of fat from the ox and from the ram, the fatty tail, the covering fat, the kidneys, and the lobe of the liver 20they placed on top of the briskets. Aaron burned the fat pieces on the altar, 21but the briskets and the right thigh he raised as an elevated offeringh before the LORD, as the LORD had commanded Moses.
Revelation of the Lord’s Glory. 22* Aaron then raised his hands over the people and blessedi them. When he came down from offering the purification offering, the burnt offering, and the communion offering, 23Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. On coming out they blessed the people. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to all the people. 24* Fire came forth from the LORD’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar.j Seeing this, all the people shouted with joy and fell prostrate.
* [9:1] Eighth day: this is the conclusion of the priestly initiation ceremony.
* [9:3–4] The seven-day consecration of the priests in chap. 8 did not require sacrifices from the community. Now communal sacrifices as well as priestly sacrifices are required.
* [9:6–21] Aaron and his sons now perform the offerings, instead of Moses (see note on 8:15).
* [9:7] For your household: unlike the Septuagint, the Hebrew reads be‘ad ha‘am, “for the people.”
* [9:22–23] The people are blessed twice. For the possible content of the blessing, compare the priestly blessing in Nm 6:22–27. Solomon offers a double blessing at the dedication of the Temple (1 Kgs 8:14–21, 55–61).
* [9:24] The theophany consists of a fire that apparently comes from the tent of meeting. God’s fiery glory is also manifested in the pillar of cloud and fire that led the Israelites and rested over the tent of meeting (Ex 13:21; 40:38; Nm 9:15–23; 10:11). On God’s fiery glory, see also Ex 24:17; Ez 1:27–28.
f. [9:17] Nm 28:23; 2 Kgs 16:15; Ez 46:13–15.
j. [9:24] 1 Kgs 18:38; 2 Chr 7:1; 2 Mc 2:10; cf. Ex 24:16–17.