New International Version
"'If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he is to be put to death, and you must kill the animal.
King James Bible
And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.
Darby Bible Translation
And if a man lie with a beast for copulation, he shall certainly be put to death; and ye shall kill the beast.
World English Bible
"'If a man lies with an animal, he shall surely be put to death; and you shall kill the animal.
Young's Literal Translation
'And a man who giveth his lying with a beast is certainly put to death, and the beast ye do slay.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They shall be burnt with fire - As there are worse crimes mentioned here, (see Leviticus 20:11 and Leviticus 20:17), where the delinquent is ordered simply to be put to death, or to be cut off, it is very likely that the crime mentioned in this verse was not punished by burning alive, but by some kind of branding, by which they were ever after rendered infamous. I need not add that the original, באש ישרפו baesh yishrephu, may, without violence to its grammatical meaning, be understood as above, though in other places it is certainly used to signify a consuming by fire. But the case in question requires some explanation; it is this: a man marries a wife, and afterward takes his mother-in-law or wife's mother to wife also: now for this offense the text says all three shall be burnt with fire, and this is understood as signifying that they shall be burnt alive. Now the first wife, we may safely presume, was completely innocent, and was legally married: for a man may take to wife the daughter if single, or the mother if a widow, and in neither of these cases can any blame attach to the man or the party he marries; the crime therefore lies in taking both. Either, therefore, they were all branded as infamous persons, and this certainly was severe enough in the case of the first wife; or the man and the woman taken last were burnt: but the text says, both he and they; therefore, we should seek for another interpretation of they shall be burnt with fire, than that which is commonly given. Branding with a hot iron would certainly accomplish every desirable end both for punishment and prevention of the crime; and because the Mosaic laws are so generally distinguished by humanity, it seems to be necessary to limit the meaning of the words as above.
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"Anyone who has sexual relations with an animal is to be put to death.
"'Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.
"'If a woman approaches an animal to have sexual relations with it, kill both the woman and the animal. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
"Cursed is anyone who has sexual relations with any animal." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!"
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