Deuteronomy 12:23
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New International Version
But be sure you do not eat the blood, because the blood is the life, and you must not eat the life with the meat.

New Living Translation
But never consume the blood, for the blood is the life, and you must not consume the lifeblood with the meat.

English Standard Version
Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.

New American Standard Bible
"Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.

King James Bible
Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But don't eat the blood, since the blood is the life, and you must not eat the life with the meat.

International Standard Version
Only be sure to refrain from eating blood, because blood is the source of life and you must not consume blood with the meat.

NET Bible
However, by no means eat the blood, for the blood is life itself--you must not eat the life with the meat!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, be sure you never eat blood, because blood contains life. Never eat the life with the meat.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Only be sure not to eat the blood; for the blood is the soul (or the life), and thou art not to eat the soul with its flesh.

King James 2000 Bible
Only be sure that you eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and you may not eat the life with the flesh.

American King James Version
Only be sure that you eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and you may not eat the life with the flesh.

American Standard Version
Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou shalt not eat the life with the flesh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Only beware of this, that thou eat not the blood, for the blood is for the soul: and therefore thou must not eat the soul with the flesh:

Darby Bible Translation
Only, be sure that thou eat not the blood; for the blood is the life, and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh;

English Revised Version
Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou shalt not eat the life with the flesh.

Webster's Bible Translation
Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.

World English Bible
Only be sure that you don't eat the blood: for the blood is the life; and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.

Young's Literal Translation
Only, be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and thou dost not eat the life with the flesh;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:5-32 The command to bring ALL the sacrifices to the door of the tabernacle, was now explained with reference to the promised land. As to moral service, then, as now, men might pray and worship every where, as they did in their synagogues. The place which God would choose, is said to be the place where he would put his name. It was to be his habitation, where, as King of Israel, he would be found by all who reverently sought him. Now, under the gospel, we have no temple or altar that sanctifies the gift but Christ only: and as to the places of worship, the prophets foretold that in every place the spiritual incense should be offered, Mal 1:11. Our Saviour declared, that those are accepted as true worshippers, who worship God in sincerity and truth, without regard either to this mountain or Jerusalem, Joh 4:21. And a devout Israelite might honour God, keep up communion with him, and obtain mercy from him, though he had no opportunity of bringing a sacrifice to his altar. Work for God should be done with holy joy and cheerfulness. Even children and servants must rejoice before God; the services of religion are to be a pleasure, and not a task or drudgery. It is the duty of people to be kind to their ministers, who teach them well, and set them good examples. As long as we live, we need their assistance, till we come to that world where ordinances will not be needed. Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we are commanded to do all to the glory of God. And we must do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to the Father through him. They must not even inquire into the modes and forms of idolatrous worship. What good would it do them to know those depths of Satan? And our inward satisfaction will be more and more, as we abound in love and good works, which spring from faith and the in-dwelling Spirit of Christ.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Only be sure that thou eat not the blood,.... This is repeated again, that they might be careful to observe the law concerning that:

for the blood is the life: which is the reason given for the prohibition of it; see Gill on Leviticus 17:11,

and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh: by which it seems that the meaning of the law was, that the blood might not be eaten in or with the flesh, but to be let out of it, or the fish not to be eaten raw, but dressed; for there were various laws about eating of blood, which are differently expressed.



Deuteronomy 12:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
One Place for Worship
22"Just as a gazelle or a deer is eaten, so you will eat it; the unclean and the clean alike may eat of it. 23"Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh. 24"You shall not eat it; you shall pour it out on the ground like water.…
Cross References
Acts 15:20
Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.

Genesis 9:4
"But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.

Leviticus 7:26
And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal.

Leviticus 17:10
"'I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood, and I will cut them off from the people.

Leviticus 19:26
"'Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. "'Do not practice divination or seek omens.

Deuteronomy 12:16
But you must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water.

Deuteronomy 12:22
Eat them as you would gazelle or deer. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat.

Deuteronomy 12:24
You must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water.

Deuteronomy 15:23
But you must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water.

1 Samuel 14:32
They pounced on the plunder and, taking sheep, cattle and calves, they butchered them on the ground and ate them, together with the blood.

1 Samuel 14:33
Then someone said to Saul, "Look, the men are sinning against the LORD by eating meat that has blood in it." "You have broken faith," he said. "Roll a large stone over here at once."

Ezekiel 33:25
Therefore say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Since you eat meat with the blood still in it and look to your idols and shed blood, should you then possess the land?
Treasury of Scripture

Only be sure that you eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and you may not eat the life with the flesh.

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Genesis 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat.

Leviticus 3:16,17 And the priest shall burn them on the altar: it is the food of the …

Leviticus 17:11,14 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to …

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, …

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, …

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