Leviticus 3:17
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English Standard Version
It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, in all your dwelling places, that you eat neither fat nor blood.”

King James Bible
It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.

American Standard Version
It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings, that ye shall eat neither fat nor blood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
By a perpetual law for your generations, and in all your habitations: neither blood nor fat shall you eat at all.

English Revised Version
It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings, that ye shall eat neither fat nor blood.

Webster's Bible Translation
It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The same rules apply to the peace-offerings of sheep and goats, except that, in addition to the fat portions, which were to be burned upon the altar in the case of the oxen (Leviticus 3:3, Leviticus 3:4) and goats (Leviticus 3:14, Leviticus 3:15), the fat tail of the sheep was to be consumed as well. תמימה האליה: "the fat tail whole" (Leviticus 3:9), cauda ovilla vel arietina eaque crassa et adiposa; the same in Arabic (Ges. thes. p. 102). The fat tails which the sheep have in Northern Africa and Egypt, also in Arabia, especially Southern Arabia, and Syria, often weigh 15 lbs. or more, and small carriages on wheels are sometimes placed under them to bear their weight (Sonnini, R. ii. p. 358; Bochart, Hieroz. i. pp. 556ff.). It consists of something between marrow and fat. Ordinary sheep are also found in Arabia and Syria; but in modern Palestine all the sheep are "of the broad-tailed species." The broad part of the tail is an excresence of fat, from which the true tail hangs down (Robinson, Pal. ii. 166). "Near the rump-bone shall he (the offerer) take it (the fat tail) away," i.e., separate it from the body. עצם, ἁπ. λεγ., is, according to Saad., os caudae s. coccygis, i.e., the rump or tail-bone, which passes over into the vertebrae of the tail (cf. Bochart, i. pp. 560-1). In Leviticus 3:11 and Leviticus 3:16 the fat portions which were burned are called "food of the firing for Jehovah," or "food of the firing for a sweet savour," i.e., food which served as a firing for Jehovah, or reached Jehovah by being burned; cf. Numbers 28:24, "food of the firing of a sweet savour for Jehovah." Hence not only are the daily burnt-offerings and the burnt and sin-offerings of the different feasts called "food of Jehovah" ("My bread," Numbers 28:2); but the sacrifices generally are described as "the food of God" ("the bread of their God," Leviticus 21:6, Leviticus 21:8, Leviticus 21:17, Leviticus 21:21-22, and Leviticus 22:25), as food, that is, which Israel produced and caused to ascend to its God in fire as a sweet smelling savour. - Nothing is determined here with regard to the appropriation of the flesh of the peace-offerings, as their destination for a sacrificial meal was already known from traditional custom. The more minute directions for the meal itself are given in Leviticus 7:11-36, where the meaning of these sacrifices is more fully explained. - In Leviticus 3:17 (Leviticus 3:16) the general rule is added, "all fat belongs to Jehovah," and the law, "eat neither fat nor blood," is enforced as "an eternal statute" for the generations of Israel (see at Exodus 12:14, Exodus 12:24) in all their dwelling-places (see Exodus 10:23 and Exodus 12:20).

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Leviticus 6:18 All the males among the children of Aaron shall eat of it...

Leviticus 7:36 Which the LORD commanded to be given them of the children of Israel, in the day that he anointed them...

Leviticus 16:34 And this shall be an everlasting statute to you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year...

Leviticus 17:7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices to devils, after whom they have gone a whoring...

Leviticus 23:14 And you shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that you have brought an offering to your God...

Numbers 19:21 And it shall be a perpetual statute to them, that he that sprinkles the water of separation shall wash his clothes...

eat neither That is, neither the blood which is contained in the larger {veins} and {arteries}, nor the {fat} or suet which is within the animal, which exists in a separate or unmixed state, as the {omentum} or {caul}, the fat of the {mesentery}, or fatty part of the substance which connects the convolutions of the alimentary canal or small intestines, the fat of the {kidneys}, and whatever else of the internal fat was easily separable, together with the whole of the {tail} already described; for the blood which assumes the form of gravy, and fat which is intermixed with the other flesh, might be eaten. This law not only related to the sacrifices, but to all the cattle which the Israelites slaughtered for food.

Leviticus 3:16 And the priest shall burn them on the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet smell: all the fat is the LORD's.

Deuteronomy 32:14 Butter of cows, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat...

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom nothing is prepared...

blood

Leviticus 7:23,25-27 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, You shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat...

Leviticus 17:10-14 And whatever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eats any manner of blood...

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

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

Deuteronomy 15:23 Only you shall not eat the blood thereof; you shall pour it on the ground as water.

1 Samuel 14:32-34 And the people flew on the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on the ground...

Ezekiel 33:25 Why say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; You eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood...

Ezekiel 44:7,15 In that you have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary...

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Acts 15:20,21,29 But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood...

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

1 Timothy 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

Cross References
Acts 15:20
but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.

Exodus 27:21
In the tent of meeting, outside the veil that is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening to morning before the LORD. It shall be a statute forever to be observed throughout their generations by the people of Israel.

Leviticus 4:1
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Leviticus 6:18
Every male among the children of Aaron may eat of it, as decreed forever throughout your generations, from the LORD's food offerings. Whatever touches them shall become holy."

Leviticus 6:22
The priest from among Aaron's sons, who is anointed to succeed him, shall offer it to the LORD as decreed forever. The whole of it shall be burned.

Leviticus 7:23
"Speak to the people of Israel, saying, You shall eat no fat, of ox or sheep or goat.

Leviticus 7:26
Moreover, you shall eat no blood whatever, whether of fowl or of animal, in any of your dwelling places.

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