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Verses of Leviticus 17

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Leviticus 17:11 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(11) For the life of the flesh is in the blood.—Better, for the soul of the flesh is in the blood. The word here rendered “life” in the Authorised Version occurs twice more in this very verse, and is in both instances properly translated soul. Though it is immaterial whether the word in question is translated life or soul, it is essential that it should be rendered uniformly throughout the passage. By translating it differently in the first clause, the Authorised Version has unnecessarily increased the difficulty of the verse. This clause assigns the reason why blood must not be eaten. It is the principle of vitality, it constitutes the soul of animal life. Hence blood and life are used interchangeably in the Scriptures. Thus, when the Psalmist exclaims, “what profit is there in my blood” (Psa. 30:9), he uses it for life.

I have given it to you upon the altar.—For the sake of emphasis, the words in the original denoting “upon the altar” are placed first in the Hebrew, and the Authorised Version follows this order. It is however better to translate this clause, For I have ordained it upon the altar to make atonement for your souls. Because it is the principle of life, therefore God has ordained it to be offered upon the altar as an expiation for the offerer’s life.

For it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.—Better, for it is the blood that maketh atonement by means of the soul. As the blood of the victim is identical with its life, and represents the soul of the animal, hence God has appointed it as a substitute for the sinner’s life. Thus the life of the sacrifice atones for the life of the offerer. Hence the remark of the Apostle, “without shedding of blood there is no remission” (Heb. 9:22).

Verses of Leviticus 17

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Consult other comments:

Leviticus 17:11 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Leviticus 17:11 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 17:11 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 17:11 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Leviticus 17:11 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 17:11 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 17:11 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 17:11 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 17:11 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Leviticus 17:11 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 17:11 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Leviticus 17:11 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 17:11 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 17:11 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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