Leviticus 17
Holman Christian Standard Bible

Forbidden Sacrifices

1The LORD spoke to Moses: 2Speak to Aaron, his sons, and all the Israelites and tell them: This is what the LORD has commanded: 3Anyone from the house of Israel who slaughtersa an ox, sheep, or goat in the camp, or slaughters it outside the camp, 4instead of bringing it to the entrance to the tent of meeting to present it as an offering to the LORD before His tabernacle — that person will be considered guilty.b, c He has shed bloodd and must be cut off from his people.e 5This is so the Israelites will bring to the LORD the sacrificesf they have been offering in the open country. They are to bring them to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting and offer them as fellowship sacrificesg to the LORD. 6The priest will then sprinkle the blood on the LORD’s altar at the entrance to the tent of meeting and burn the fat as a pleasing aroma to the LORD. 7They must no longer offer their sacrifices to the goat-demonsh that they have prostitutedi themselves with. This will be a permanent statutej for them throughout their generations.

8Say to them: Anyone from the house of Israel or from the foreignersk who live among them who offers a burnt offering or a sacrifice 9but does not bring it to the entrance to the tent of meeting to sacrifice it to the LORD, that person must be cut off from his people.

Eating Blood and Carcasses Prohibited

10Anyone from the house of Israel or from the foreigners who live among them who eats any blood,l I will turnm against that person who eats blood and cut him off from his people. 11For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have appointed it to you to make atonement on the altar forn your lives, since it is the lifeblood that makes atonement.o 12Therefore I say to the Israelites: None of you and no foreigner who lives among you may eat blood.

13Any Israelite or foreigner living among them, who huntsp down a wild animal or bird that may be eaten must drain its bloodq and cover it with dirt. 14Since the life of every creature is its blood, I have told the Israelites: You must not eat the blood of any creature,r because the life of every creature is its blood; whoever eats it must be cut off.

15Every person, whether the native or the foreigner,s who eats an animal that died a natural death or was mauled by wild beastst is to wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will remain unclean until evening; then he will be clean. 16But if he does not wash his clothes and bathe himself, he will bear his punishment.”


Footnotes:
a. 17:3 Dt 12:5-21
b. 17:4 Lit tabernacle — blood will be charged against that person
c. 17:4 Ex 22:1; Lv 20:9; Nm 35:27; Dt 19:10; Ps 55:23; Is 33:15
d. 17:4 Gn 9:6
e. 17:4 Nm 9:13
f. 17:5 Gn 46:1; Ex 34:25
g. 17:5 Lv 7:11
h. 17:7 2Ch 11:15; Is 13:21; 34:14
i. 17:7 Dt 22:21
j. 17:7 Gn 26:5; Ex 12:14; Lv 3:17; Nm 9:3; Dt 6:2; 8:11
k. 17:8 Gn 19:9; Ex 2:22
l. 17:10 Gn 9:4; Lv 3:17
m. 17:10 Lit will set My face
n. 17:11 Or to ransom
o. 17:11 Mt 26:28; Mk 14:24; Rm 3:25; 5:9; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14,20; Heb 13:12; 1Jn 1:7; Rv 1:5
p. 17:13 Gn 25:27
q. 17:13 Ex 29:12; Lv 17:4; Dt 12:16,24; 15:23; Ezk 24:7
r. 17:14 Lv 3:17
s. 17:15 Lv 16:29
t. 17:15 Ex 22:31; Lv 7:24; 22:8; Dt 14:21
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