Leviticus 11:47
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New International Version
You must distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten.'"

New Living Translation
By these instructions you will know what is unclean and clean, and which animals may be eaten and which may not be eaten."

English Standard Version
to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean and between the living creature that may be eaten and the living creature that may not be eaten.

New American Standard Bible
to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the edible creature and the creature which is not to be eaten.

King James Bible
To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
in order to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between the animals that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten."

International Standard Version
You are to differentiate between the clean and unclean, between the living creature that can be eaten and the living creature that is not to be eaten."

NET Bible
to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between the living creatures that may be eaten and the living creatures that must not be eaten.'"

New Heart English Bible
to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the living thing that may be eaten and the living thing that may not be eaten.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These instructions help you distinguish between clean and unclean, the animals you may eat and those you may not eat."

JPS Tanakh 1917
to make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the living thing that may be eaten and the living thing that may not be eaten.

New American Standard 1977
to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the edible creature and the creature which is not to be eaten.

Jubilee Bible 2000
to make a difference between the unclean and the clean and between the animals that may be eaten and the animals that may not be eaten.

King James 2000 Bible
To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the animal that may be eaten and the animal that may not be eaten.

American King James Version
To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.

American Standard Version
to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the living thing that may be eaten and the living thing that may not be eaten.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That you may know the differences of the clean, and unclean, and know what you ought to eat, and what to refuse.

Darby Bible Translation
to make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that is to be eaten and the beast that is not to be eaten.

English Revised Version
to make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the living thing that may be eaten and the living thing that may not be eaten.

Webster's Bible Translation
To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.

World English Bible
to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the living thing that may be eaten and the living thing that may not be eaten.'"

Young's Literal Translation
to make separation between the unclean and the pure, and between the beast that is eaten, and the beast that is not eaten.'
Study Bible
Clean and Unclean Animals
46This is the law regarding the animal and the bird, and every living thing that moves in the waters and everything that swarms on the earth, 47to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the edible creature and the creature which is not to be eaten.
Cross References
Leviticus 10:10
and so as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean,

Leviticus 11:46
This is the law regarding the animal and the bird, and every living thing that moves in the waters and everything that swarms on the earth,

Leviticus 12:1
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Ezekiel 22:26
"Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

Ezekiel 44:23
"Moreover, they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

Daniel 1:8
But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king's choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.
Treasury of Scripture

To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.

Leviticus 10:10 And that you may put difference between holy and unholy, and between …

Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and …

Malachi 3:18 Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the …

Romans 14:2,3,13-23 For one believes that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eats herbs…

(47) To make a difference.--Better, that ye may put difference, as the Authorised Version renders the same word in Leviticus 10:10. That is, the design of the dietary law is to enable both the administrators of the law and the people to distinguish, by the characteristics and criteria specified above, between what is clean and unclean.

And between the beast that may be eaten.--From the fact that the same word, "beast," is used in both clauses with regard to the animal which may be eaten and the one which may not be eaten without the qualifying adjunct "clean" and "unclean," the administrators of the law during the second Temple concluded that the same clean animal is meant in both instances, under different conditions. The clean animal may be eaten when it is in a healthy state, but the same animal may not be eaten when it has organic defects, or is diseased. Hence they enacted the following canon: an animal is perfectly sound when it is capable of conceiving and bringing forth young. This is the reason why the LXX. renders the word beast here by viviparous.

To make a difference between the unclean and the clean,.... Whether of beasts, fish, fowl, and flying creeping things:

and between the beast that may be eaten, and the beast that may not be eaten; the former clause takes in all in general, this instances in a particular sort of creatures; and the first mentioned of which, that might be eaten, are, that part the hoof, are cloven footed, and chew the cud; and that might not, that chew the cud, but divide not the hoof, or divide the hoof, but chew not the cud; and now, by such like descriptions and distinctions of the creatures treated of, the Israelites would be able to make a difference between the one and the other, and know what was to be eaten, and what not. 47. make a difference between the unclean and the clean—that is, between animals used and not used for food. It is probable that the laws contained in this chapter were not entirely new, but only gave the sanction of divine enactment to ancient usages. Some of the prohibited animals have, on physiological grounds, been everywhere rejected by the general sense or experience of mankind; while others may have been declared unclean from their unwholesomeness in warm countries or from some reasons, which are now imperfectly known, connected with contemporary idolatry. 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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