Leviticus 11:26

26 “ ‘Every animal that does not have a divided hoof or that does not chew the cud is unclean for you; whoever touches the carcass of any of them will be unclean.

Read Leviticus 11:26 Using Other Translations

The carcases of every beast which divideth the hoof, and is not clovenfooted, nor cheweth the cud, are unclean unto you: every one that toucheth them shall be unclean.
Every animal that parts the hoof but is not cloven-footed or does not chew the cud is unclean to you. Everyone who touches them shall be unclean.
“Any animal that has split hooves that are not evenly divided or that does not chew the cud is unclean for you. If you touch the carcass of such an animal, you will be defiled.

What does Leviticus 11:26 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Leviticus 11:26

[The carcasses] of every beast which divideth the hoof,
and is not cloven footed
As the camel:

nor cheweth the cud;
though it may divide the hoof, as the swine; and on the other hand, such as may chew the cud, and yet not dividing the hoof, as the coney and hare; for the Scripture here, as Aben Ezra observes again, uses a short and concise way of speaking: these

[are] unclean unto you;
to be reckoned by them such, and neither to be eaten nor touched:

everyone that toucheth them shall be unclean;
until the evening; and obliged to washing, though not expressed: this is not to be understood of touching them while alive, as some Sadducees or Karaites understand it, according to Aben Ezra; for camels, horses, mules might be, and were rode upon, and so touched; but of them when dead, or their carcases, as is rightly supplied in the beginning of the verse; and the Jewish writers F3 understand this of the flesh of the carcass only, not of the bones, horns, and hoofs, which, they say, do not defile, only the flesh: this is repeated from ( Leviticus 11:8 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F3 Misn. Edaiot, c. 6. sect. 3. & Maimon. & Bartenora in ib.
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