Genesis 9:4
Parallel Verses
New International Version
"But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.

New Living Translation
But you must never eat any meat that still has the lifeblood in it.

English Standard Version
But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

New American Standard Bible
"Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

King James Bible
But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, you must not eat meat with its lifeblood in it.

International Standard Version
However, you are not to eat meat with its life—that is, its blood—in it!

NET Bible
But you must not eat meat with its life (that is, its blood) in it.

New Heart English Bible
But flesh with its life, its blood, you shall not eat.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But you are not to eat meat with blood in it. (Blood is life.)

JPS Tanakh 1917
Only flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

New American Standard 1977
“Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But flesh with the soul (or life) thereof, which is its blood, ye shall not eat.

King James 2000 Bible
But flesh with its life, which is its blood, shall you not eat.

American King James Version
But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat.

American Standard Version
But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Saving that flesh with blood you shall not eat.

Darby Bible Translation
Only, the flesh with its life, its blood, ye shall not eat.

English Revised Version
But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

Webster's Bible Translation
But flesh with the life of it, which is its blood, shall ye not eat.

World English Bible
But flesh with its life, its blood, you shall not eat.

Young's Literal Translation
only flesh in its life -- its blood -- ye do not eat.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
9:4-7 The main reason of forbidding the eating of blood, doubtless was because the shedding of blood in sacrifices was to keep the worshippers in mind of the great atonement; yet it seems intended also to check cruelty, lest men, being used to shed and feed upon the blood of animals, should grow unfeeling to them, and be less shocked at the idea of shedding human blood. Man must not take away his own life. Our lives are God's, and we must only give them up when he pleases. If we in any way hasten our own death, we are accountable to God for it. When God requires the life of a man from him that took it away unjustly, the murderer cannot render that, and therefore must render his own instead. One time or other, in this world or in the next, God will discover murders, and punish those murders which are beyond man's power to punish. But there are those who are ministers of God to protect the innocent, by being a terror to evil-doers, and they must not bear the sword in vain, Ro 13:4. Wilful murder ought always to be punished with death. To this law there is a reason added. Such remains of God's image are still upon fallen man, that he who unjustly kills a man, defaces the image of God, and does dishonour to him.
Study Bible
The Covenant of the Rainbow
3"Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. 4"Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5"Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man's brother I will require the life of man.…
Cross References
Acts 15:20
Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals, and from blood.

Acts 15:29
You must abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell."

Leviticus 7:26
'You are not to eat any blood, either of bird or animal, in any of your dwellings.

Leviticus 17:10
'And any man from the house of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people.

Leviticus 17:11
'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.'

Leviticus 17:14
"For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life. Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, 'You are not to eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off.'

Leviticus 19:26
You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying.

Deuteronomy 12:16
"Only you shall not eat the blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water.

Deuteronomy 12:23
"Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.

Deuteronomy 15:23
"Only you shall not eat its blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water.
Treasury of Scripture

But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat.

the life.

Leviticus 3:17 It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all …

Leviticus 7:26 Moreover you shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl …

Leviticus 17:10-14 And whatever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers …

Leviticus 19:26 You shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall you use …

Deuteronomy 12:16,23 Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it on the earth as water…

Deuteronomy 14:21 You shall not eat of anything that dies of itself: you shall give …

Deuteronomy 15:23 Only you shall not eat the blood thereof; you shall pour it on the …

1 Samuel 14:34 And Saul said, Disperse yourselves among the people, and say to them, …

Acts 15:20,25,29 But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, …

1 Timothy 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if …

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