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.

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

Darby 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;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates - With the proviso that the blood be poured out on the ground.

1. The blood should not be eaten.

2. It should be poured out by way of sacrifice. I think this is the meaning; and not that they should pour out the blood with as little ceremony and respect as they poured water upon the ground, which is the meaning according to Calmet and others.

The roebuck, and - the hart - It is very likely that by צבי tsebi the antelope is meant; and by איל aiyal, the hart or deer. This is the opinion of Dr. Shaw; and from the report of travelers we learn that both these animals are found in that desert to the present day. See Harmer, vol. iv., p. 25, etc. Of the propriety of eating clean animals there could be no question, but the blood must be poured out; yet there were cases in which they might kill and eat in all their gates, cities, and dwellings - such as the roebuck and the hart, or all clean wild beasts, for these being taken in hunting, and frequently shot by arrows, their blood could not be poured out at the altar. Therefore the command appears to take in only such tame beasts as were used for food.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Deuteronomy 12:23,24 Only be sure that you eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and you may not eat the life with the flesh...

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

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 or of beast, in any of your dwellings...

Leviticus 17:10-13 And whatever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eats any manner of blood...

Acts 15:29 That you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication...

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

The Eating of the Peace-Offering
'But thou must eat them before the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.'--DEUT. xii. 18. There were three bloody sacrifices, the sin-offering, the burnt- offering, and the peace-offering. In all three expiation was the first idea, but in the second of them the act
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The King --Continued.
The second event recorded as important in the bright early years is the great promise of the perpetuity of the kingdom in David's house. As soon as the king was firmly established and free from war, he remembered the ancient word which said, "When He giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety, then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause His name to dwell there" (Deut. xii. 10, 11). His own ease rebukes him; he regards his tranquillity
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

Cross References
Acts 15:20
Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.

Acts 15:29
You are to 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 that has its lifeblood still in it.

Leviticus 7:26
And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal.

Leviticus 17:10
"'I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood, and I will cut them off from the people.

Leviticus 17:13
"'Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth,

Leviticus 19:26
"'Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it. "'Do not practice divination or seek omens.

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