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.a16
The priest is to sprinkle the blood against the altar2 of the LORD3 at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting and burn the fat as an aroma pleasing to the LORD.47
They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idolsb5 to whom they prostitute themselves.6 This is to be a lasting ordinance7 for them and for the generations to come.'88
"Say to them: 'Any Israelite or any alien living among them who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice
and does not bring it to the entrance to the Tent9 of Meeting10 to sacrifice it to the LORD11--that man must be cut off from his people.
" 'Any Israelite or any alien living among them who eats any blood--I will set my face against that person who eats blood12 and will cut him off from his people.
For the life of a creature is in the blood,13 and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life.1412
Therefore I say to the Israelites, "None of you may eat blood, nor may an alien living among you eat blood."
" 'Any Israelite or any alien living among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth,1514
because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, "You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off."1615
" 'Anyone, whether native-born or alien, who eats anything17 found dead or torn by wild animals18 must wash his clothes and bathe with water,19 and he will be ceremonially unclean till evening;20 then he will be clean.