Deuteronomy 17:1
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New International Version
Do not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect or flaw in it, for that would be detestable to him.

New Living Translation
"Never sacrifice sick or defective cattle, sheep, or goats to the LORD your God, for he detests such gifts.

English Standard Version
“You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep in which is a blemish, any defect whatever, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep which has a blemish or any defect, for that is a detestable thing to the LORD your God.

King James Bible
Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or sheep with a defect or any serious flaw, for that is detestable to the LORD your God."

International Standard Version
You are not to sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep that has a defect or any flaw in it, because that is detestable to the LORD your God."

NET Bible
You must not sacrifice to him a bull or sheep that has a blemish or any other defect, because that is considered offensive to the LORD your God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never offer an ox or a sheep that has a defect or anything seriously wrong with it as a sacrifice to the LORD your God. That would be disgusting to him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God any bullock or sheep in which there is a blemish or anything wrong, for that is an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not sacrifice unto the LORD your God any bullock, or sheep, in which is a blemish, or any defect: for that is an abomination unto the LORD your God.

American King James Version
You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any bad reputation: for that is an abomination to the LORD your God.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt not sacrifice unto Jehovah thy God an ox, or a sheep, wherein is a blemish, or anything evil; for that is an abomination unto Jehovah thy God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not sacrifice to the Lord thy God a sheep, or an ox, wherein there is blemish, or any fault: for that is an abomination to the Lord thy God.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt not sacrifice to Jehovah thy God an ox or sheep wherein is a defect, or anything bad; for it is an abomination to Jehovah thy God.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God an ox, or a sheep, wherein is a blemish, or any evil-favouredness: for that is an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt not sacrifice to the LORD thy God any bullock, or sheep, in which is blemish, or any evil favoredness: for that is an abomination to the LORD thy God.

World English Bible
You shall not sacrifice to Yahweh your God an ox, or a sheep, in which is a blemish, [or] anything evil; for that is an abomination to Yahweh your God.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou dost not sacrifice to Jehovah thy God ox or sheep in which there is a blemish -- any evil thing; for it is the abomination of Jehovah thy God.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

17:1-7 No creature which had any blemish was to be offered in sacrifice to God. We are thus called to remember the perfect, pure, and spotless sacrifice of Christ, and reminded to serve God with the best of our abilities, time, and possession, or our pretended obedience will be hateful to him. So great a punishment as death, so remarkable a death as stoning, must be inflicted on the Jewish idolater. Let all who in our day set up idols in their hearts, remember how God punished this crime in Israel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Not only was the setting up of idols an offence to be punished by the judge, but also all profanation of the service of Jehovah, such as the offering in sacrifice of any animal, bullock or sheep, that had any blemish or defect (cf. Leviticus 22:19-24). Evil-favoredness; literally, any evil thing, i.e. any vice or maim (cf. Leviticus 22:22, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the Lord thy God any bullock or sheep wherein is blemish,.... No sacrifice of any sort, whether burnt offering, sin offering, or peace offering, was to have any blemish in it; typical of the unblemished and immaculate Lamb of God, who, being without sin, offered himself without spot to God, and so could take away the sins of others by the sacrifice of himself; see Leviticus 22:18,

or any evilfavouredness; any sickness or disease upon it of any sort, which made it ill favoured to the sight, or disagreeable to the smell, or however unacceptable for sacrifice:

for that is an abomination to the Lord thy God; every such blemished and ill favoured sacrifice; see Malachi 1:8.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 17

De 17:1. Things Sacrificed Must Be Sound.

1. Thou shalt not sacrifice … any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish—Under the name of bullock were comprehended bulls, cows, and calves; under that of sheep, rams, lambs, kids, he- and she-goats. An ox, from mutilation, was inadmissible. The qualifications required in animals destined for sacrifice are described (Ex 12:5; Le 1:3).

Deuteronomy 17:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Detestable Sacrifices
1"You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep which has a blemish or any defect, for that is a detestable thing to the LORD your God. 2"If there is found in your midst, in any of your towns, which the LORD your God is giving you, a man or a woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, by transgressing His covenant,
Cross References
Leviticus 1:3
"'If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, you are to offer a male without defect. You must present it at the entrance to the tent of meeting so that it will be acceptable to the LORD.

Leviticus 22:20
Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf.

Numbers 29:8
Present as an aroma pleasing to the LORD a burnt offering of one young bull, one ram and seven male lambs a year old, all without defect.

Deuteronomy 7:25
The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not covet the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 15:21
If an animal has a defect, is lame or blind, or has any serious flaw, you must not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.
Treasury of Scripture

You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any bad reputation: for that is an abomination to the LORD your God.

Thou shalt

Deuteronomy 15:21 And if there be any blemish therein, as if it be lame, or blind, …

Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you …

Leviticus 22:20-25 But whatever has a blemish, that shall you not offer: for it shall …

Malachi 1:8,13,14 And if you offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if …

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal …

1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish …

sheep. or, goat.
any evil favouredness

Genesis 41:3,4,19 And, behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, …

for that

Deuteronomy 23:18 You shall not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into …

Deuteronomy 24:4 Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to …

Deuteronomy 25:16 For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an …

Proverbs 6:16 These six things does the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination to him:

Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Proverbs 20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination …

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