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Leviticus 11:36 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(36) Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water.—Better, But wells and cisterns being gatherings together of water. But if the unclean carcase, or any portion of it, happens to fall or to be thrown into wells or cisterns, they are to be treated as large collections of water, such as pools, ponds, and lakes, and hence are exempt from contracting pollution. The constant change of water which takes place in these reservoirs counteracts the effects of the polluting carcase. When it is borne in mind how few are the wells and cisterns in the East, and how scarce water is, the merciful provision of this law will be apparent. According to the canon which obtained during the second Temple, this immunity was only applicable to receptacles of water actually in the ground, but not to collections of water in vessels.

But that which toucheth.—Better, but he who toucheth. But though the water into which the carcase has fallen is mercifully exempted, he who comes in contact with the carcase in the water and removes it from the water is unclean, because the carcase itself remains a source of defilement.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 11:36 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 11:36 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 11:36 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 11:36 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 11:36 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:36 - Geneva Bible Notes

Leviticus 11:36 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 11:36 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 11:36 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 11:36 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:36 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 11:36 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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