Leviticus 11:36
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New International Version
A spring, however, or a cistern for collecting water remains clean, but anyone who touches one of these carcasses is unclean.

New Living Translation
"However, if the carcass of such an animal falls into a spring or a cistern, the water will still be clean. But anyone who touches the carcass will be defiled.

English Standard Version
Nevertheless, a spring or a cistern holding water shall be clean, but whoever touches a carcass in them shall be unclean.

New American Standard Bible
'Nevertheless a spring or a cistern collecting water shall be clean, though the one who touches their carcass shall be unclean.

King James Bible
Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcase shall be unclean.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A spring or cistern containing water will remain clean, but someone who touches a carcass in it will become unclean.

International Standard Version
"A spring or a cistern that holds water is clean, but whoever touches the carcass of an unclean animal will be unclean.

NET Bible
However, a spring or a cistern which collects water will be clean, but one who touches their carcass will be unclean.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, a spring or a cistern holding water will remain clean. But anyone who touches their dead bodies will be unclean.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless a fountain or cistern where water is collected shall be clean; but that which touches their carcase shall be unclean.

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which touches their carcass shall be unclean.

American King James Version
Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which touches their carcass shall be unclean.

American Standard Version
Nevertheless a fountain or a pit wherein is a gathering of water shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcass shall be unclean.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But fountains and cisterns, and all gatherings together of waters shall be clean. He that toucheth their carcasses shall be defiled.

Darby Bible Translation
Nevertheless, a spring or a well, a quantity of water, shall be clean. But he that toucheth their carcase shall be unclean.

English Revised Version
Nevertheless a fountain or a pit wherein is a gathering of water shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcase shall be unclean.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nevertheless, a fountain or pit, in which there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcass shall be unclean.

World English Bible
Nevertheless a spring or a cistern in which water is a gathered shall be clean: but that which touches their carcass shall be unclean.

Young's Literal Translation
'Only -- a fountain or pit, a collection of water, is clean, but that which is coming against their carcase is unclean;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:1-47 What animals were clean and unclean. - These laws seem to have been intended, 1. As a test of the people's obedience, as Adam was forbidden to eat of the tree of knowledge; and to teach them self-denial, and the government of their appetites. 2. To keep the Israelites distinct from other nations. Many also of these forbidden animals were objects of superstition and idolatry to the heathen. 3. The people were taught to make distinctions between the holy and unholy in their companions and intimate connexions. 4. The law forbad, not only the eating of the unclean beasts, but the touching of them. Those who would be kept from any sin, must be careful to avoid all temptations to it, or coming near it. The exceptions are very minute, and all were designed to call forth constant care and exactness in their obedience; and to teach us to obey. Whilst we enjoy our Christian liberty, and are free from such burdensome observances, we must be careful not to abuse our liberty. For the Lord hath redeemed and called his people, that they may be holy, even as he is holy. We must come out, and be separate from the world; we must leave the company of the ungodly, and all needless connexions with those who are dead in sin; we must be zealous of good works devoted followers of God, and companions of his people.
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Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Nevertheless, a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water,.... Or, "a fountain or pit, a collection of waters", the copulative being wanting, as some observe, Aben Ezra takes notice of; or it may be by way of apposition, and so may explain what fountain or pit is meant, even such an one where there is a large continence of water, into which, if any carcass of a creeping thing fell, or any part of it, yet it

shall be clean: and fit for use, either because of the abundance of water in it, which could not be affected with the fall of such a creature into it as where there is but a small quantity; or rather this exception was made, because pools of water were of considerable value in these countries, and frequently in use for bathings, &c. and therefore for the good of men, and that they might not suffer so great a loss by such an accident, they are declared notwithstanding to be clean and free for use: hence you may learn, says Jarchi, that he that dips in them is pure from his uncleanness; that a man might lawfully make use of them for a bath on account of any uncleanness, notwithstanding the carcass of a creeping thing had fallen into it; as a mouse, or rat, or any such creature:

but that which toucheth their carcass shall be unclean; not the waters which touch the carcass, as Aben Ezra interprets it, for then the whole would be defiled, and unfit for use; but either the man that touched the carcass, laid hold upon it to pluck it out of the fountain or pit, or that which he made use of to get it out, or both these, were unclean in a ceremonial sense: the Targum of Jonathan is, "but he that toucheth their carcasses in the midst of these waters shall be unclean.''



Leviticus 11:36 Additional Commentaries
Context
Clean and Unclean Animals
35'Everything, moreover, on which part of their carcass may fall becomes unclean; an oven or a stove shall be smashed; they are unclean and shall continue as unclean to you. 36'Nevertheless a spring or a cistern collecting water shall be clean, though the one who touches their carcass shall be unclean. 37'If a part of their carcass falls on any seed for sowing which is to be sown, it is clean.…
Cross References
Leviticus 11:35
Anything that one of their carcasses falls on becomes unclean; an oven or cooking pot must be broken up. They are unclean, and you are to regard them as unclean.

Leviticus 11:37
If a carcass falls on any seeds that are to be planted, they remain clean.
Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which touches their carcass shall be unclean.

a fountain

Zechariah 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David …

John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst…

wherein there is plenty of water [heb] a gathering together of waters.

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