1. Leviticus 10:17 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Were the priests always allowed to eat the sin offering?

Leviticus 10:17 (ESV)

17 “Why have you not eaten the sin offering in the place of the sanctuary, since it is a thing most holy and has been given to you that you may bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the LORD?

Generally the priests were not allowed to eat from it (see Leviticus 4:16, Leviticus 6:30), as they were included in the people. This time it is different, apparently because the offering is not brought for an actual sin of the people (see Leviticus 4:13).