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Leviticus 17:15

15 “ ‘Anyone, whether native-born or foreigner, who eats anything found dead or torn by wild animals must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be ceremonially unclean till evening; then they will be clean.

Read Leviticus 17:15 Using Other Translations

And every soul that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean.
And every person who eats what dies of itself or what is torn by beasts, whether he is a native or a sojourner, shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be unclean until the evening; then he shall be clean.
“And if any native-born Israelites or foreigners eat the meat of an animal that died naturally or was torn up by wild animals, they must wash their clothes and bathe themselves in water. They will remain ceremonially unclean until evening, but then they will be clean.

What does Leviticus 17:15 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Leviticus 17:15

And every soul that eateth that which died [of itself]
Through any disease upon it, or by means of any other creature seizing upon it and worrying it, or was not lawfully killed; if a man ate ever so little of it, even but the quantity of an olive, it was a breach of this law; which is connected with the preceding, there being a similarity between them, because such creatures must have their blood in them, not being regularly let out, and so eating of them would offend against the above law. It is very probable, as Grotius thinks, that Pythagoras took his notion from hence, and strictly enjoined his followers to abstain from all animals that died of themselves, as Laertius F14 and Aelianus F15 relate, and which Porphyry F16 suggests, was what universally obtained among men: or that which was torn [with beasts];
though not dead, yet ready to die, and so unfit for food; (See Gill on Exodus 22:31); [whether it be] one of your own country, or a stranger;
a native of Israel, or a proselyte of righteousness; for as for any other stranger he might eat of it, ( Deuteronomy 14:22 ) ; he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe [himself] in water;
in forty seahs of water, as the Targum of Jonathan, dip himself all over: and be unclean until the even;
and so have no conversation with men in civil or religious things: then shall he be clean;
when he has washed his garments, and bathed himself, and the evening is come, and then shall be admitted to society as before: this is to be understood of one who ignorantly eats of the above things, not knowing them to be such; otherwise, if he did it presumptuously, he was to be punished.


FOOTNOTES:

F14 In Vit. Pythagor. l. 8. p. 588.
F15 Var. Hist. l. 4. c. 17.
F16 De Abstiuentia, l. 3. sect. 18.
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