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Leviticus 11:47 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(47) To make a difference.—Better, that ye may put difference, as the Authorised Version renders the same word in Lev. 10:10. That is, the design of the dietary law is to enable both the administrators of the law and the people to distinguish, by the characteristics and criteria specified above, between what is clean and unclean.

And between the beast that may be eaten.—From the fact that the same word, “beast,” is used in both clauses with regard to the animal which may be eaten and the one which may not be eaten without the qualifying adjunct “clean” and “unclean,” the administrators of the law during the second Temple concluded that the same clean animal is meant in both instances, under different conditions. The clean animal may be eaten when it is in a healthy state, but the same animal may not be eaten when it has organic defects, or is diseased. Hence they enacted the following canon: an animal is perfectly sound when it is capable of conceiving and bringing forth young. This is the reason why the LXX. renders the word beast here by viviparous.

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Leviticus 11:47 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 11:47 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:47 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 11:47 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:47 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 11:47 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 11:47 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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