Leviticus 3:17
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New International Version
"'This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.'"

King James Bible
It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.

Darby Bible Translation
[It is] an everlasting statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings: no fat and no blood shall ye eat.

World English Bible
"'It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings, that you shall eat neither fat nor blood.'"

Young's Literal Translation
'A statute age-during to your generations in all your dwellings: any fat or any blood ye do not eat.'

Leviticus 3:17 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

That ye eat neither fat nor blood - It is not likely that the fat should be forbidden in the same manner and in the same latitude as the blood. The blood was the life of the beast, and that was offered to make an atonement for their souls; consequently, this was never eaten in all their generations: but it was impossible to separate the fat from the flesh, which in many parts is so intimately intermixed with the muscular fibres; but the blood, being contained in separate vessels, the arteries and veins, might with great ease be entirely removed by cutting the throat of the animal, which was the Jewish method. By the fat therefore mentioned here and in the preceding verse, we may understand any fat that exists in a separate or unmixed state, such as the omentum or caul, the fat of the mesentery, the fat on the kidneys, and whatever else of the internal fat was easily separable, together with the whole of the tail already described. And probably it was the fat of such animals only as were offered to God in sacrifice, that was unlawful to be eaten. As all temporal as well as spiritual blessings come from God, he has a right to require that such of them should be dedicated to his service as he may think proper to demand. He required the most perfect of all the animals, and the best parts of these perfect animals. This he did, not that he needed any thing, but to show the perfection of his nature and the purity of his service. Had he condescended to receive the meanest animals and the meanest parts of animals as his offerings, what opinion could his worshippers have entertained of the perfection of his nature? If such imperfect offerings were worthy of this God, then his nature must be only worthy of such offerings. It is necessary that every thing employed in the worship of God should be the most perfect of its kind that the time and circumstances can afford. As sensible things are generally the medium through which spiritual impressions are made, and the impression usually partakes of the nature of the medium through which these impressions are communicated; hence every thing should not only be decent, but as far as circumstances will admit dignified, in the worship of God: the object of religious worship, the place in which he is worshipped, and the worship itself, should have the strongest and most impressive correspondence possible.

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Leviticus 6:18 All the males among the children of Aaron shall eat of it...

Leviticus 7:36 Which the LORD commanded to be given them of the children of Israel, in the day that he anointed them...

Leviticus 16:34 And this shall be an everlasting statute to you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year...

Leviticus 17:7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices to devils, after whom they have gone a whoring...

Leviticus 23:14 And you shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that you have brought an offering to your God...

Numbers 19:21 And it shall be a perpetual statute to them, that he that sprinkles the water of separation shall wash his clothes...

eat neither That is, neither the blood which is contained in the larger {veins} and {arteries}, nor the {fat} or suet which is within the animal, which exists in a separate or unmixed state, as the {omentum} or {caul}, the fat of the {mesentery}, or fatty part of the substance which connects the convolutions of the alimentary canal or small intestines, the fat of the {kidneys}, and whatever else of the internal fat was easily separable, together with the whole of the {tail} already described; for the blood which assumes the form of gravy, and fat which is intermixed with the other flesh, might be eaten. This law not only related to the sacrifices, but to all the cattle which the Israelites slaughtered for food.

Leviticus 3:16 And the priest shall burn them on the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet smell: all the fat is the LORD's.

Deuteronomy 32:14 Butter of cows, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat...

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions to them for whom nothing is prepared...


Leviticus 7:23,25-27 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, You shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat...

Leviticus 17:10-14 And whatever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eats any manner of blood...

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

Deuteronomy 12:16,23 Only you shall not eat the blood; you shall pour it on the earth as water...

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

1 Samuel 14:32-34 And the people flew on the spoil, and took sheep, and oxen, and calves, and slew them on the ground...

Ezekiel 33:25 Why say to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; You eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood...

Ezekiel 44:7,15 In that you have brought into my sanctuary strangers, uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in my sanctuary...

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Acts 15:20,21,29 But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood...

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

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

Motives to Holy Mourning
Let me exhort Christians to holy mourning. I now persuade to such a mourning as will prepare the soul for blessedness. Oh that our hearts were spiritual limbecs, distilling the water of holy tears! Christ's doves weep. They that escape shall be like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity' (Ezekiel 7:16). There are several divine motives to holy mourning: 1 Tears cannot be put to a better use. If you weep for outward losses, you lose your tears. It is like a shower
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Cross References
Acts 15:20
Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.

Exodus 27:21
In the tent of meeting, outside the curtain that shields the ark of the covenant law, Aaron and his sons are to keep the lamps burning before the LORD from evening till morning. This is to be a lasting ordinance among the Israelites for the generations to come.

Leviticus 4:1
The LORD said to Moses,

Leviticus 6:18
Any male descendant of Aaron may eat it. For all generations to come it is his perpetual share of the food offerings presented to the LORD. Whatever touches them will become holy.'"

Leviticus 6:22
The son who is to succeed him as anointed priest shall prepare it. It is the LORD's perpetual share and is to be burned completely.

Leviticus 7:23
"Say to the Israelites: 'Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats.

Leviticus 7:26
And wherever you live, you must not eat the blood of any bird or animal.

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