New American Standard Bible
You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying.
King James Bible
Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment, nor observe times.
Darby Bible Translation
Ye shall eat nothing with the blood. Ye shall not practise enchantment, nor use auguries.
World English Bible
"'You shall not eat any meat with the blood still in it; neither shall you use enchantments, nor practice sorcery.
Young's Literal Translation
'Ye do not eat with the blood; ye do not enchant, nor observe clouds.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Certain pagan customs, several of them connected with magic, are here grouped together. The prohibition to eat anything with the blood may indeed refer to the eating of meat which had not been properly bled in slaughtering (Leviticus 7:26; Leviticus 17:10, etc.): but it is not improbable that there may be a special reference to some sort of magical or idolatrous rites. Compare Ezekiel 33:25.
Observe times - It is not clear whether the original word refers to the fancied distinction between lucky and unlucky days, to some mode of drawing omens from the clouds, or to the exercise of "the evil eye."
The remarkable change which we have noticed in the views of Jewish authorities, from contempt to almost affectation of manual labour, could certainly not have been arbitrary. But as we fail to discover here any religious motive, we can only account for it on the score of altered political and social circumstances. So long as the people were, at least nominally, independent, and in possession of their own land, constant engagement in a trade would probably mark an inferior social stage, and imply …
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life
List of Abbreviations Used in Reference to Rabbinic Writings Quoted in this Work.
The Eclipse and Rediscovery of the Old Testament
Eligius, Bishop of Noyon.
but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.
"Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
'Is not this the one from which my lord drinks and which he indeed uses for divination? You have done wrong in doing this.'"
'You are not to eat any blood, either of bird or animal, in any of your dwellings.
'And any man from the house of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people.
'In the fifth year you are to eat of its fruit, that its yield may increase for you; I am the LORD your God.
"Only you shall not eat the blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water.
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