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Leviticus 16:6 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(6) And Aaron shall offer.—Better, And Aaron shall present, or bring near, as the word literally denotes (comp, Lev. 16:9; Lev. 16:11, &c.), since the actual offering or killing took place afterwards, when the lots for the goats had been cast, as described in Lev. 16:11.

For himself, and for his house.—By this is meant that the atonement was for his own sins, for those of his family and for all the priests, the sons of Aaron. The ritual at this pontifical sacrifice during the second Temple was most solemn and impressive.

By the side of the victim, which was placed between the porch and the altar towards the east, stood the high priest, arrayed in his white robes, with his face towards the west. In this attitude of a penitent sinner, the pontiff laid both his hands upon the sacrifice and confessed his sins in an audible voice in the sight of God and the assembled congregation as follows: “O Lord, I have sinned, I have committed iniquity, I have transgressed before thee, I and my house. O Lord, I beseech thee cover over my sins, iniquities, and transgressions which I have committed before thee, I and my house, even as it is written in the Law of Moses thy servant—For on that day He will cover over for you and cleanse you from all your sins,” &c. To this the congregation replied: “Blessed be the name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever.” Whereupon the high priest repeated this confession a second time, including in it the children of Aaron, God’s holy people. (See Lev. 16:11.)

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 16:6 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 16:6 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 16:6 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 16:6 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 16:6 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 16:6 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Leviticus 16:6 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 16:6 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 16:6 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 16:6 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 16:6 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Leviticus 16:6 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 16:6 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 16:6 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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