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Leviticus 11:41 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(41) And every creeping thing.—Besides the eight reptiles which defile by touching their carcase, and which are enumerated in Lev. 11:29-30, all other creeping things upon the earth, with the exception of those specified in Lev. 11:21-22, are to be treated as an abomination, and must not be eaten, though their carcases do not defile by coming in contact with them. From the fact that the creeping things here proscribed are expressly described as “creeping upon the earth,” the administrators of the law during the second Temple concluded that the small worms which do not creep upon the earth do not come within the operation of this prohibition. Hence worms bred in vegetables, fruit, and certain kinds of food are permitted. Thus the worms in figs, dates, and berries, the mites in peas, beans, and lentils, the maggots in cheese, the insects found in the flesh and under the skin of fishes, are not proscribed, and only when they quit the object wherein they have been generated, and creep about upon the ground, are they forbidden. Hence the Chaldee Version of Jonathan renders the passage “and every creeping thing that flieth is unclean unto you” (Deu. 14:19) by “and all bees and wasps, and all worms of vegetables and of pulse which leave the objects of food and fly like birds, are unclean unto you.”

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 11:41 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 11:41 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 11:41 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:41 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Leviticus 11:41 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 11:41 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 11:41 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 11:41 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:41 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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