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Leviticus 16:5 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(5) And he shall take of the congregation.—On this occasion the high priest himself had to officiate, by virtue of his being the chief mediator between God and His people.

Two kids of the goats.—Better, two shaggy he-goats. (See Lev. 4:23.) These two goats, which were the sin offering for the people, and the ram, which was their burnt offering, were purchased with the money of the public some time before the Day of Atonement. During the second Temple the two goats had to be alike in value, equal in size, and of the same colour. If one of them happened to die after the decision of the lot, a new pair had to be purchased, and the surviving one of the original pair was kept and properly fed till it became ritually defective, whereupon it was sold, and the money paid into the sacred treasury.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 16:5 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 16:5 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 16:5 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 16:5 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 16:5 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 16:5 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 16:5 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Leviticus 16:5 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 16:5 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 16:5 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Leviticus 16:5 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 16:5 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 16:5 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)