Leviticus 11:8

8 You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.

Read Leviticus 11:8 Using Other Translations

Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.
You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.
You may not eat the meat of these animals or even touch their carcasses. They are ceremonially unclean for you.

What does Leviticus 11:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Leviticus 11:8

Of their flesh shall ye not eat
Meaning, not of swine only, but of the camel, coney, and hare:

and their carcass shall ye not touch;
which must not be understood of touching them in any sense; for then it would have been unlawful for a Jew to have rode upon a camel, or to take out and make use of hog's lard in medicine; but of touching them in order to kill them, and prepare them for food, and eat them; and indeed all unnecessary touching of them is forbidden, lest it should bring them to the eating of them; though perhaps it may chiefly respect the touching of them dead:

they [are] unclean to you:
one and all of them; for as this was said of each of them in particular, so now of all of them together; and which holds good of all wild creatures not named, to whom the description above belongs, and which used to be eaten by other nations; some of which were called Pamphagi, from eating all sorts, and others Agriophagi, from eating wild creatures, as lions, panthers, elephants {l}


F12 Plin. l. 6. c. 30. Solinus, c. 43.
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