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Leviticus 11:25 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(25) And whosoever beareth.—But he who removed the carcase out of the camp or city, or from one place to another, not only contracted defilement for the rest of the day, but had to wash the clothes which he had on, since the pollution by carrying is greater than that by touching. During the time of the second Temple, the administrators of the law declared that wherever the Law enjoins that a man should “wash his clothes” because of the legal defilement which he contracted, it included the command of bathing the body, and that it was only omitted here and in Lev. 11:28; Lev. 11:40 for the sake of brevity. The Samaritan text and some Hebrew manuscripts have actually the whole phrase “and wash his clothes and bathe himself in water,” as in Lev. 17:15 and Num. 19:19. In allusion to this we are told that those who contracted pollution, and have come out of the great tribulation, “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14).

Ought of the carcase.—The uncleanness was contracted by not only carrying away the whole carcase, but by removing any portion of it. (See Lev. 11:32.) The expression ought is represented in the original, and is rightly printed in the ordinary type of the text in the Authorised Version of 1611. The printing it in italics is an unauthorised innovation, though it is followed in the Speaker’s Commentary, which professes to give the text of 1611.

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Leviticus 11:25 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:25 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 11:25 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 11:25 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 11:25 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:25 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)