1. A. Said R. Berekhiah, "Said the Holy One, blessed be He, to this man (Adam) [to whom Scripture refers, 'When any may (Adam) of you brings an offering . . .' (Lev. 1:2)], 'Man, let your offering be like the offering of the first man.'
B. "Just as the first man had everything under his dominion and so did not bring an offering that had been acquired by robbery or violence, so you, in whose dominion all things [do not fall], should offer nothing acquired by robbery or violence, and, if you conform, 'It will please the Lord more than an ox, [or a bull with horns and hoofs]'" (Ps. 69:32). [In context: "I will praise the name of God with a song, I will magnify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox. . . . Let the oppressed see it and be glad. . . . For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own that are in bonds" (Ps. 69:30-33).]
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