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Ezekiel 44:31 ASV
The priests shall not eat of anything that dieth of itself, or is torn, whether it be bird or beast.
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Ezekiel 44:31 BBE
The priests may not take for food any bird or beast which has come to a natural death or whose death has been caused by another animal.
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Ezekiel 44:31 CEB
The priests must not eat any bird or animal that dies naturally or is torn apart by prey.
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Ezekiel 44:31 CJB
The cohanim are not to eat anything, bird or animal, that dies naturally or is torn to death.
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Ezekiel 44:31 RHE
The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself or caught by a beast, whether it be fowl or cattle.
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Ezekiel 44:31 ESV
The priests shall not eat of anything, whether bird or beast, that has died of itself or is torn by wild animals.
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Ezekiel 44:31 GW
The priests must never eat any bird or animal that has died naturally or was killed by other wild animals.
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Ezekiel 44:31 GNT
The priests must not eat any bird or animal that dies a natural death or is killed by another animal."
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Ezekiel 44:31 HNV
The Kohanim shall not eat of anything that dies of itself, or is torn, whether it be bird or animal.
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Ezekiel 44:31 CSB
The priests may not eat any bird or animal that died naturally or was mauled by wild beasts.
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Ezekiel 44:31 KJV
The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.
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Ezekiel 44:31 LEB
Any dead body or mangled carcass from the birds or from the animals, the priests shall not eat."
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Ezekiel 44:31 NAS
"The priests shall not eat any bird or beast that has died a natural death or has been torn to pieces.
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Ezekiel 44:31 NCV
The priests must not eat any bird or animal that died a natural death or one that has been torn by wild animals.
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Ezekiel 44:31 NIRV
"The priests must not eat any bird or animal that is found dead. They must not eat anything that wild animals have torn apart.
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Ezekiel 44:31 NIV
The priests must not eat anything, bird or animal, found dead or torn by wild animals.
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Ezekiel 44:31 NKJV
The priests shall not eat anything, bird or beast, that died naturally or was torn by wild beasts.
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Ezekiel 44:31 NLT
The priests may never eat meat from any bird or animal that dies a natural death or that dies after being attacked by another animal."
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Ezekiel 44:31 NRS
The priests shall not eat of anything, whether bird or animal, that died of itself or was torn by animals.
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Ezekiel 44:31 RSV
The priests shall not eat of anything, whether bird or beast, that has died of itself or is torn.
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Ezekiel 44:31 DBY
The priests shall not eat of anything that dieth of itself, or of that which is torn, whether of fowl or of beast.
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Ezekiel 44:31 MSG
"Priests are not to eat any meat from bird or animal unfit for ordinary human consumption, such as carcasses found dead on the road or in the field.
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Ezekiel 44:31 WBT
The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself, or torn, whether of fowl or beast.
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Ezekiel 44:31 TMB
The priests shall not eat of any thing that is dead of itself or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.
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Ezekiel 44:31 TNIV
The priests must not eat anything, whether bird or animal, found dead or torn by wild animals.
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Ezekiel 44:31 WEB
The priests shall not eat of anything that dies of itself, or is torn, whether it be bird or animal.
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Ezekiel 44:31 WYC
Priests shall not eat anything dead by itself, and taken of a beast, of fowls, and of sheep. (Priests shall not eat anything that dieth naturally, or is killed by a wild beast, neither bird, nor beast.)
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Ezekiel 44:31 YLT
Any carcase and torn thing, of the fowl, and of the beasts, the priests do not eat.
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Ezekiel 44 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 44

- This chapter contains ordinances relative to the true priests. The prince evidently means Christ, and the words in ver. ( Ezekiel 44:2 ) , may remind us that no other can enter heaven, the true sanctuary, as Christ did; namely, by virtue of his own excellency, and his personal holiness, righteousness, and strength. He who is the Brightness of Jehovah's glory entered by his own holiness; but that way is shut to the whole human race, and we all must enter as sinners, by faith in his blood, and by the power of his grace.

Ezekiel 44 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 44

Ezekiel 44:1-31 . ORDINANCES FOR THE PRINCE AND THE PRIESTS.

2. shut . . . not be opened--( Job 12:14 , Isaiah 22:22 , Revelation 3:7 ). "Shut" to the people ( Exodus 19:21 Exodus 19:22 ), but open to "the prince" ( Ezekiel 44:3 ), he holding the place of God in political concerns, as the priests do in spiritual. As a mark of respect to an Eastern monarch, the gate by which he enters is thenceforth shut to all other persons (compare Exodus 19:24 ).

3. the prince--not King Messiah, as He never would offer a burnt offering for Himself, as the prince is to do ( Ezekiel 46:4 ). The prince must mean the civil ruler under Messiah. His connection with the east gate (by which the Lord had returned to His temple) implies, that, as ruling under God, he is to stand in a place of peculiar nearness to God. He represents Messiah, who entered heaven, the true sanctuary, by a way that none other could, namely, by His own holiness; all others must enter as sinners by faith in His blood, through grace.
eat bread before the Lord--a custom connected with sacrifices ( Genesis 31:54 , Exodus 18:12 , 24:11 , 1 Corinthians 10:18 ).

4-6. Directions as to the priests. Their acts of desecration are attributed to "the house of Israel" ( Ezekiel 44:6 Ezekiel 44:7 ), as the sins of the priesthood and of the people acted and reacted on one another; "like people, like priest" ( Jeremiah 5:31 , Hosea 4:9 ).

7. uncircumcised in heart--Israelites circumcised outwardly, but wanting the true circumcision of the heart ( Deuteronomy 10:16 , Acts 7:51 ).
uncircumcised in flesh--not having even the outward badge of the covenant-people.

8. keepers . . . for yourselves--such as you yourselves thought fit, not such as I approve of. Or else, "Ye have not yourselves kept the charge of My holy things, but have set others as keepers of My charge in My sanctuary for yourselves" [MAURER].

10, 11. Levites . . . shall . . . bear--namely, the punishment of
their iniquity . . . Yet they shall be ministers--So Mark, a Levite, nephew of Barnabas ( Acts 4:36 ), was punished by Paul for losing an opportunity of bearing the cross of Christ, and yet was afterwards admitted into his friendship again, and showed his zeal ( Acts 13:13 , 15:37 , Colossians 4:10 , 2 Timothy 4:11 ). One may be a believer, and that too in a distinguished place, and yet lose some special honor--be acknowledged as pious, yet be excluded from some dignity [BENGEL].
charge at the gates--Better to be "a doorkeeper in the house of God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness" ( Psalms 84:10 ). Though standing as a mere doorkeeper, it is in the house of God, which hath foundations: whereas he who dwells with the wicked, dwells in but shifting tents.

15. Zadok--The priests of the line of Ithamar were to be discharged from ministrations in the temple, because of their corruptions, following in the steps of Eli's sons, against whom the same denunciation was uttered ( 1 Samuel 2:32 1 Samuel 2:35 ). Zadok, according to his name (which means "righteous") and his line, were to succeed ( 1 Kings 2:35 , 1 Chronicles 24:3 ), as they did not take part in the general apostasy to the same degree, and perhaps [FAIRBAIRN] the prophet, referring to their original state, speaks of them as they appeared when first chosen to the office.

17. linen--symbolical of purity. Wool soon induces perspiration in the sultry East and so becomes uncleanly.

18. bonnets--turbans.

19. not sanctify the people with their garments--namely, those peculiarly priestly vestments in which they ministered in the sanctuary.

20. Neither . . . shave . . . heads--as mourners do ( Leviticus 21:1-5 ). The worshippers of the Egyptian idols Serapis and Isis shaved their heads; another reason why Jehovah's priests are not to do so.
nor suffer . . . locks to grow long--as the luxurious, barbarians, and soldiers in warfare did [JEROME].

21. Neither . . . wine--lest the holy enthusiasm of their devotion should be mistaken for inebriation, as in Peter's case ( Acts 2:13 Acts 2:15 Acts 2:18 ).

28. I am their inheritance--( Numbers 18:20 , Deuteronomy 10:9 , 18:1 , Joshua 13:14 Joshua 13:32 ).

30. give . . . priest the first . . . that he may cause the blessing to rest--( Proverbs 3:9 Proverbs 3:10 , Malachi 3:10 ).