Deuteronomy 12:16
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English Standard Version
Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it out on the earth like water.

King James Bible
Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.

American Standard Version
Only ye shall not eat the blood; thou shalt pour it out upon the earth as water.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Only the blood thou shalt not eat, but thou shalt pour it out upon the earth as water.

English Revised Version
Only ye shall not eat the blood; thou shalt pour it out upon the earth as water.

Webster's Bible Translation
Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

But when the Israelites had crossed over the Jordan, and dwelt peaceably in Canaan, secured against their enemies round about, these irregularities were not to occur any more; but all the sacrifices were to be offered at the place chosen by the Lord for the dwelling-place of His name, and there the sacrificial meals were to be held with joy before the Lord. "The choice of your vows," equivalent to your chosen vows, inasmuch as every vow was something special, as the standing phrase נדר פּלּא (Leviticus 22:21, and Numbers 15:3, Numbers 15:8) distinctly shows. - "Rejoicing before the Lord," which is the phrase applied in Leviticus 23:40 to the celebration of the feast of Tabernacles, was to be the distinctive feature of all the sacrificial meals held by the people at the sanctuary, as is repeatedly affirmed (Deuteronomy 14:26; Deuteronomy 16:11; Deuteronomy 26:11; Deuteronomy 27:7). This holy joy in the participation of the blessing bestowed by the Lord was to be shared not only by sons and daughters, but also by salve (men-servants and maid-servants), that they too might taste the friendliness of their God, and also by "the Levite that is in your gates" (i.e., your towns and hamlets; see at Exodus 20:10). This frequently recurring description of the Levites (cf. Deuteronomy 12:18; Deuteronomy 14:27; Deuteronomy 16:11, Deuteronomy 16:14; Deuteronomy 18:6; Deuteronomy 26:12) does not assume that they were homeless, which would be at variance with the allotment of towns for them to dwell in (Numbers 35); but simply implies what is frequently added in explanation, that the Levites had "no part nor inheritance," no share of the land as their hereditary property, and in this respect resembled strangers (Deuteronomy 14:21, Deuteronomy 14:29; Deuteronomy 16:11, etc.).

(Note: The explanation given by De Wette, and adopted by Riehm, of the expression, "the Levite that is within thy gates," is perfectly arbitrary and unfounded: viz., that "the Levites did not live any longer in the towns assigned them by the earlier laws, but were scattered about in the different towns of the other tribes.")

And the repeated injunction to invite the Levites to the sacrificial meals is not at variance with Numbers 18:21, where the tithes are assigned to the tribe of Levi for their maintenance. For however ample this revenue may have been according to the law, it was so entirely dependent, upon the honesty and conscientiousness of the people, that the Levites might very easily be brought into a straitened condition, if indifference towards the Lord and His servants should prevail throughout the nation. - In Deuteronomy 12:13, Deuteronomy 12:14, Moses concludes by once more summing up these instructions in the admonition to beware of offering sacrifices in every place that they might choose, the burnt-offering, as the leading sacrifice, being mentioned instar omnium.

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Deuteronomy 12:23,24 Only be sure that you eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and you may not eat the life with the flesh...

Deuteronomy 15:23 Only you shall not eat the blood thereof; you shall pour it on the ground as water.

Genesis 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat.

Leviticus 7:26,27 Moreover you shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings...

Leviticus 17:10-13 And whatever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eats any manner of blood...

Acts 15:29 That you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication...

1 Timothy 4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

Cross References
Acts 15:20
but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.

Acts 15:29
that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell."

Genesis 9:4
But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

Leviticus 7:26
Moreover, you shall eat no blood whatever, whether of fowl or of animal, in any of your dwelling places.

Leviticus 17:10
"If any one of the house of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn among them eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people.

Leviticus 17:13
"Any one also of the people of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who takes in hunting any beast or bird that may be eaten shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth.

Leviticus 19:26
"You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes.

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