New American Standard Bible
But Peter said, "By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean."
King James Bible
But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.
Darby Bible Translation
And Peter said, In no wise, Lord; for I have never eaten anything common or unclean.
World English Bible
But Peter said, "Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean."
Young's Literal Translation
And Peter said, 'Not so, Lord; because at no time did I eat anything common or unclean;'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I have never eaten ... - In the Old Testament God had made a distinction between clean and unclean animals. See Leviticus 11:2-27; Deuteronomy 14:3-20. This law remained in the Scriptures, and Peter pled that he had never violated it, implying that he could not now violate it, as it was a law of God, and that, as it was unrepealed, he did not dare to act in a different manner from what it required. Between that law and the command which he now received in the vision there was an apparent variation, and Peter naturally referred to the well known and admitted written Law. One design of the vision was to show him that that Law was now to pass away.
That is common - This word properly denotes "what pertains to all," but among the Jews, who were bound by special laws, and who were prohibited from many things that were freely indulged in by other nations, the word "common" came to be opposed to the word "sacred," and to denote what was in common use among the pagans, hence, that which was "profane," or "polluted." Here it means the same as "profane," or "forbidden."
Unclean - Ceremonially unclean; that is, what is forbidden by the ceremonial law of Moses.
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'Nevertheless, you are not to eat of these, among those which chew the cud, or among those which divide the hoof: the camel, for though it chews cud, it does not divide the hoof, it is unclean to you.
All the winged insects that walk on all fours are detestable to you.
"These are the animals which you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat,
But I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I have never been defiled; for from my youth until now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has any unclean meat ever entered my mouth."
But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king's choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.
And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean."
"It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."
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