Deuteronomy 12:16
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New International Version
But you must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water.

New Living Translation
But you must not consume the blood. You must pour it out on the ground like water.

English Standard Version
Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it out on the earth like water.

Berean Study Bible
but you must not eat the blood; pour it on the ground like water.

New American Standard Bible
"Only you shall not eat the blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water.

King James Bible
Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.

Christian Standard Bible
but you must not eat the blood; pour it on the ground like water.

Good News Translation
But you must not eat their blood; you must pour it out on the ground like water.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but you must not eat the blood; pour it on the ground like water.

International Standard Version
Only, you must not consume the blood; instead, pour it out on the ground as you would water.

NET Bible
However, you must not eat blood--pour it out on the ground like water.

New Heart English Bible
Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it out on the earth as water.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But never eat the blood. Pour it on the ground like water.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Only ye shall not eat the blood; thou shalt pour it out upon the earth as water.

New American Standard 1977
“Only you shall not eat the blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.

King James 2000 Bible
Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it upon the earth as water.

American King James Version
Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it on the earth as water.

American Standard Version
Only ye shall not eat the blood; thou shalt pour it out upon the earth as water.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Only the blood thou shalt not eat, but thou shalt pour it out upon the earth as water.

Darby Bible Translation
Only, ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.

English Revised Version
Only ye shall not eat the blood; thou shalt pour it out upon the earth as water.

Webster's Bible Translation
Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.

World English Bible
Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it out on the earth as water.

Young's Literal Translation
'Only, the blood ye do not eat -- on the earth thou dost pour it as water;
Study Bible
One Place for Worship
15But whenever you wish, you may slaughter and eat meat within any of your gates, according to the blessing the LORD your God has given you. Those who are clean or unclean may eat it, as they would a gazelle or deer, 16but you must not eat the blood; pour it on the ground like water. 17Within your gates you must not eat the tithe of your grain or new wine or oil, the firstborn of your herds or flocks, any of the offerings that you have vowed to give, or your freewill offerings or special gifts.…
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."

Genesis 9:4
But you must not eat meat with its lifeblood still in it.

Leviticus 7:26
You must not eat the blood of any bird or animal in any of your dwellings.

Leviticus 17:10
If anyone from the house of Israel or foreigner living among them eats any blood, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from among his people.

Leviticus 17:13
And if any Israelite or foreigner living among them hunts down a wild animal or bird that may be eaten, he must drain its blood and cover it with dirt.

Leviticus 19:26
You must not eat anything with blood still in it. You must not practice divination or sorcery.

Deuteronomy 12:23
Only be sure not to eat the blood, because the blood is the life, and you must not eat the life with the meat.

Deuteronomy 15:22
Eat it within your gates; both the unclean person and the clean may eat it as if it were a gazelle or deer.

Deuteronomy 15:23
But you must not eat the blood; pour it on the ground like water.

1 Samuel 14:32
So they rushed greedily to the plunder, taking sheep, cattle, and calves. They slaughtered them on the ground and ate meat with the blood still in it.

1 Samuel 14:33
Then someone reported to Saul: "Look, the troops are sinning against the LORD by eating meat with the blood still in it." "You have broken faith," said Saul. "Roll a large stone over here at once."

Ezekiel 24:7
For the blood she shed is still within her; she poured it out on the bare rock; she did not pour it on the ground to cover it with dust.

Ezekiel 33:25
Therefore tell them that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'You eat meat with the blood in it, lift up your eyes to your idols, and shed blood. Should you then possess the land?

Treasury of Scripture

Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it on the earth as water.

Deuteronomy 12:23,24 Only be sure that you eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; …

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

Genesis 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat.

Leviticus 7:26,27 Moreover you shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl …

Leviticus 17:10-13 And whatever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers …

Acts 15:29 That you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and …

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







(16) Ye shall pour it upon the earth.--This act was a necessary part of every slaughter of an animal for food. The blood, which is the life, must be poured upon the earth for God, whether the victim was consigned to the altar or not. It was a continual reminder of the necessity for the sacrifice of the death of Christ, to be continued until He should come. Thus the act was, in a sense, sacramental.

Only ye shall not eat the blood,.... All manner of blood being forbidden, of fowl or of beasts, whether slain for sacrifice or for common food:

ye shall pour it out upon the earth as water; which cannot be gathered up again for use, but is swallowed up in the earth. De 12:16-25. Blood Prohibited.

16. ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water—The prohibition against eating or drinking blood as an unnatural custom accompanied the announcement of the divine grant of animal flesh for food (Ge 9:4), and the prohibition was repeatedly renewed by Moses with reference to the great objects of the law (Le 17:12), the prevention of idolatry, and the consecration of the sacrificial blood to God. In regard, however, to the blood of animals slain for food, it might be shed without ceremony and poured on the ground as a common thing like water—only for the sake of decency, as well as for preventing all risk of idolatry, it was to be covered over with earth (Le 17:13), in opposition to the practice of heathen sportsmen, who left it exposed as an offering to the god of the chase.12:5-32 The command to bring ALL the sacrifices to the door of the tabernacle, was now explained with reference to the promised land. As to moral service, then, as now, men might pray and worship every where, as they did in their synagogues. The place which God would choose, is said to be the place where he would put his name. It was to be his habitation, where, as King of Israel, he would be found by all who reverently sought him. Now, under the gospel, we have no temple or altar that sanctifies the gift but Christ only: and as to the places of worship, the prophets foretold that in every place the spiritual incense should be offered, Mal 1:11. Our Saviour declared, that those are accepted as true worshippers, who worship God in sincerity and truth, without regard either to this mountain or Jerusalem, Joh 4:21. And a devout Israelite might honour God, keep up communion with him, and obtain mercy from him, though he had no opportunity of bringing a sacrifice to his altar. Work for God should be done with holy joy and cheerfulness. Even children and servants must rejoice before God; the services of religion are to be a pleasure, and not a task or drudgery. It is the duty of people to be kind to their ministers, who teach them well, and set them good examples. As long as we live, we need their assistance, till we come to that world where ordinances will not be needed. Whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we are commanded to do all to the glory of God. And we must do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to the Father through him. They must not even inquire into the modes and forms of idolatrous worship. What good would it do them to know those depths of Satan? And our inward satisfaction will be more and more, as we abound in love and good works, which spring from faith and the in-dwelling Spirit of Christ.
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