Leviticus 17:1-10 (New International Version)

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Eating Blood Forbidden

1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Speak to Aaron and his sons1 and to all the Israelites and say to them: 'This is what the LORD has commanded: 3 Any Israelite who sacrifices an ox,a a lamb2 or a goat3 in the camp or outside of it 4 instead of bringing it to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting4 to present it as an offering to the LORD in front of the tabernacle of the LORD5--that man shall be considered guilty of bloodshed; he has shed blood and must be cut off from his people.6 5 This is so the Israelites will bring to the LORD the sacrifices they are now making in the open fields. They must bring them to the priest, that is, to the LORD, at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and sacrifice them as fellowship offerings.b7 6 The priest is to sprinkle the blood against the altar8 of the LORD9 at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and burn the fat as an aroma pleasing to the LORD.10 7 They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idolsc11 to whom they prostitute themselves.12 This is to be a lasting ordinance13 for them and for the generations to come.'14 8 "Say to them: 'Any Israelite or any alien living among them who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice 9 and does not bring it to the entrance to the Tent15 of Meeting16 to sacrifice it to the LORD17--that man must be cut off from his people. 10 " 'Any Israelite or any alien living among them who eats any blood--I will set my face against that person who eats blood18 and will cut him off from his people.
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