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Leviticus 11:31 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(31) These are unclean.—Better, these are the most unclean, as Lev. 11:29. That is, the eight animals thus enumerated are pre-eminently unclean of all the creeping things.

When they be dead.—The phrase, “whosoever doth touch them when they be dead,” is simply another expression for “whosoever toucheth the carcase of them,” which is used in Lev. 11:24. Defilement is only contracted when their dead bodies are touched, but not if touched when alive. According to the canon which obtained during the second Temple, “there is no kind of living creature that becomes defiled while it is alive, or defiles when it is alive, save man only.”

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 11:31 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 11:31 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 11:31 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:31 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 11:31 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 11:31 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:31 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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