Bible: Leviticus 17

The Slaughter of Animals

17:1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 17:2 Speak to Aaron, his sons, and all the Israelites, and tell them: ‘This is the word that the Lord has commanded: 17:3 Blood guilt 1  will be accounted to any man 2  from the house of Israel 3  who slaughters an ox or a lamb or a goat inside the camp or outside the camp, 4  17:4 but has not brought it to the entrance of the Meeting Tent 5  to present it as 6  an offering to the Lord before the tabernacle of the Lord. He has shed blood, so that man will be cut off from the midst of his people. 7  17:5 This is so that 8  the Israelites will bring their sacrifices that they are sacrificing in the open field 9  to the Lord at the entrance of the Meeting Tent to the priest and sacrifice them there as peace offering sacrifices to the Lord. 17:6 The priest is to splash 10  the blood on the altar 11  of the Lord at the entrance of the Meeting Tent, and offer the fat up in smoke for a soothing aroma to the Lord. 17:7 So they must no longer offer 12  their sacrifices to the goat demons, 13  acting like prostitutes by going after them. 14  This is to be a perpetual statute for them throughout their generations. 15 

17:8You are to say to them: ‘Any man 16  from the house of Israel or 17  from the foreigners who reside 18  in their 19  midst, who offers 20  a burnt offering or a sacrifice 17:9 but does not bring it to the entrance of the Meeting Tent to offer it 21  to the Lordthat person will be cut off from his people. 22 

Prohibition against Eating Blood

17:10‘Any man 23  from the house of Israel or from the foreigners who reside 24  in their 25  midst who eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats the blood, and I will cut him off from the midst of his people, 26  17:11 for the life of every living thing 27  is in the blood. 28  So I myself have assigned it to you 29  on the altar to make atonement for your lives, for the blood makes atonement by means of the life. 30  17:12 Therefore, I have said to the Israelites: No person among you is to eat blood, 31  and no resident foreigner who lives among you is to eat blood. 32 

17:13‘Any man from the Israelites 33  or from the foreigners who reside 34  in their 35  midst who hunts a wild animal 36  or a bird that may be eaten 37  must pour out its blood and cover it with soil, 17:14 for the life of all flesh is its blood. 38  So I have said to the Israelites: You must not eat the blood of any living thing 39  because the life of every living thing is its blood – all who eat it will be cut off. 40 

Regulations for Eating Carcasses

17:15‘Any person 41  who eats an animal that has died of natural causes 42  or an animal torn by beasts, whether a native citizen or a foreigner, 43  must wash his clothes, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening; then he becomes clean. 17:16 But if he does not wash his clothes 44  and does not bathe his body, he will bear his punishment for iniquity.’ 45 

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