Leviticus 7:23

23 "Speak to the people of Israel, saying, 1You shall eat no fat, of ox or sheep or goat.

Leviticus 7:23 Meaning and Commentary

Leviticus 7:23

Speak unto the children of Israel, saying
Putting them in mind, by repeating to them the laws concerning fat and blood, ( Leviticus 3:17 )

ye shall eat no manner of fat;
of any creature fit for food, whose flesh otherwise may be eaten, and particularly

of ox, or of sheep, or of goats:
creatures used in sacrifice; though this is not to be restrained to such of them, and the fat of them that were sacrificed, whose fat was claimed by the Lord as his, and was burnt on his altar; but this is to be understood of the fat of these creatures when killed for their common use, for the food of them and their families; the fat even of these was not to be eaten; that which was not separated from the flesh, but mixed with it, might be eaten, but not that which was separated F12.


F12 Bechai in Lev. 3. 17.

Leviticus 7:23 In-Context

21 And if anyone touches an unclean thing, whether human uncleanness or an unclean beast or any unclean detestable creature, and then eats some flesh from the sacrifice of the LORD's peace offerings, that person shall be cut off from his people."
22 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
23 "Speak to the people of Israel, saying, You shall eat no fat, of ox or sheep or goat.
24 The fat of an animal that dies of itself and the fat of one that is torn by beasts may be put to any other use, but on no account shall you eat it.
25 For every person who eats of the fat of an animal of which a food offering may be made to the LORD shall be cut off from his people.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Leviticus 3:16, 17
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