Leviticus 7:23-27

23 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats.
24 The fat of an animal found dead or torn by wild animals may be used for any other purpose, but you must not eat it.
25 Anyone who eats the fat of an animal from which a food offering may be[a] presented to the LORD must be cut off from their people.
26 And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal.
27 Anyone who eats blood must be cut off from their people.’ ”

Leviticus 7:23 in Other Translations

KJV
23 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.
ESV
23 "Speak to the people of Israel, saying, You shall eat no fat, of ox or sheep or goat.
NLT
23 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. You must never eat fat, whether from cattle, sheep, or goats.
MSG
23 "Speak to the People of Israel. Tell them, Don't eat any fat of cattle or sheep or goats.
CSB
23 "Tell the Israelites: You are not to eat any fat of an ox, a sheep, or a goat.

Leviticus 7:23-27 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO LEVITICUS 7

The several things contained in this chapter are the law of the trespass offering, Le 7:1-7 the portion the priests had in the burnt offerings and meat offerings, Le 7:8-10 the law of the peace offerings, whether by way of thanksgiving, or a vow, or voluntary oblation, Le 7:11-21 the prohibition of fat and blood, Le 7:22-27 the parts the priests should have in the peace offerings, the breast and right shoulder, Le 7:28-36 and the chapter is concluded with a recapitulation of the various things contained in this and the preceding chapters, Le 7:37,38.

Leviticus 7:23-27 In-Context

21 Anyone who touches something unclean—whether human uncleanness or an unclean animal or any unclean creature that moves along the ground —and then eats any of the meat of the fellowship offering belonging to the LORD must be cut off from their people.’ ”
22 The LORD said to Moses,
23 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats.
24 The fat of an animal found dead or torn by wild animals may be used for any other purpose, but you must not eat it.
25 Anyone who eats the fat of an animal from which a food offering may be presented to the LORD must be cut off from their people.
26 And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal.
27 Anyone who eats blood must be cut off from their people.’ ”
28 The LORD said to Moses,
29 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Anyone who brings a fellowship offering to the LORD is to bring part of it as their sacrifice to the LORD.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Leviticus 3:17; Leviticus 17:13-14; Deuteronomy 14:4
  • 2. S Exodus 22:31
  • 3. S Genesis 9:4
  • 4. S Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:10-24; Acts 15:20,29

Footnotes 1

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