Leviticus 11:24-28

24 “ ‘You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening.
25 Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.
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.
27 Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening.
28 Anyone who picks up their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. These animals are unclean for you.

Leviticus 11:24 in Other Translations

KJV
24 And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall be unclean until the even.
ESV
24 "And by these you shall become unclean. Whoever touches their carcass shall be unclean until the evening,
NLT
24 “The following creatures will make you ceremonially unclean. If any of you touch their carcasses, you will be defiled until evening.
MSG
24 "You will make yourselves ritually unclean until evening if you touch their carcasses.
CSB
24 "These will make you unclean. Whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean until evening,

Leviticus 11:24-28 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO LEVITICUS 11

This chapter treats of creatures clean and unclean, as fit or not fit to be eaten; and first of beasts, whose signs are given, Le 11:1-8 then of fishes, which are likewise described, Le 11:9-12 after that of fowls, and those that are not to be eaten are particularly named, Le 11:13-19 next of creeping things, which are distinguished into two sorts, as flying creeping things, of which those that are unclean, their carcasses are not even to be touched, as neither the carcasses of unclean beasts, Le 11:20-28 and creeping things on the earth, which defile by touching, as well as eating, and make everything unclean, upon which, being dead, they fall, Le 11:29-43 and these laws are enforced from the holiness and goodness of God, Le 11:44,45 and the chapter is concluded with a recapitulation of them, Le 11:46,47.

Leviticus 11:24-28 In-Context

22 Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper.
23 But all other flying insects that have four legs you are to regard as unclean.
24 “ ‘You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening.
25 Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.
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.
27 Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening.
28 Anyone who picks up their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. These animals are unclean for you.
29 “ ‘Of the animals that move along the ground, these are unclean for you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard,
30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Leviticus 5:2
  • 2. ver 27-40; Leviticus 13:3; Leviticus 14:46; Leviticus 15:5; Leviticus 22:6; Numbers 19:7,19
  • 3. ver 28; S Exodus 19:10; Leviticus 13:6; Leviticus 14:8,47; Leviticus 15:5; Leviticus 16:26; Numbers 8:7; Numbers 19:7
  • 4. Leviticus 13:34; ver 40; Numbers 19:8; Numbers 31:24
  • 5. Hebrews 9:10
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