New American Standard Bible
Look at the nation Israel; are not those who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar?
King James Bible
Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
Darby Bible Translation
See Israel according to flesh: are not they who eat the sacrifices in communion with the altar?
World English Bible
Consider Israel according to the flesh. Don't those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar?
Young's Literal Translation
See Israel according to the flesh! are not those eating the sacrifices in the fellowship of the altar?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Behold Israel - Look at the Jews. The design here is to illustrate the sentiment which he was establishing, by a reference to the fact that among the Jews those who partook of the same sacrifices were regarded as being one people, and as worshipping one God. So, if they partook of the sacrifices offered to idols, they would be regarded also as being fellow-worshippers of idols with them.
After the flesh - See Romans 4:1. The phrase "after the flesh" is designed to denote the Jews who were not converted to Christianity; the natural descendants of Israel, or Jacob.
Are not they which eat of the sacrifices - A portion of the sacrifices offered to God was eaten by the offerer, and another portion by the priests. Some portions of the animal, as the fat, were burnt; and the remainder, unless it was a holocaust, or whole burnt-offering, was then the property of the priests who had officiated, or of the persons who had brought it; Exodus 29:13, Exodus 29:22; Lev, Leviticus 3:4, Leviticus 3:10, Leviticus 3:15; Leviticus 4:9; Leviticus 7:3-4; Leviticus 8:26. The right shoulder and the breast was the part which was assigned to the priests; the remainder belonged to the offerer.
Partakers of the altar - Worshippers of the same God. They are united in their worship, and are so regarded. And in like manner, if you partake of the sacrifices offered to idols, and join with their worshippers in their temples, you will be justly regarded as "united" with them in their worship, and partaking with them in their abominations.
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'Every male among the priests may eat of it. It shall be eaten in a holy place; it is most holy.
'The guilt offering is like the sin offering, there is one law for them; the priest who makes atonement with it shall have it.
'Of this he shall present one of every offering as a contribution to the LORD; it shall belong to the priest who sprinkles the blood of the peace offerings.
"You are not allowed to eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or new wine or oil, or the firstborn of your herd or flock, or any of your votive offerings which you vow, or your freewill offerings, or the contribution of your hand.
concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,
We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.
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