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Leviticus 22:27 Commentary - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

(27) When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat—The three sacrificial quadrupeds. (See Lev. 22:19 and Lev. 17:3-6.)

Is brought forth.—From this expression it was enacted during the second Temple that the animal fit for a sacrifice had to be born naturally. One brought into the world by artificial aid was disqualified for the altar.

It shall be seven days under the dam.—Under seven days the animal is extremely weak, and unfit for human food, and hence must not be offered as the food of God, as sacrifices are called. (See Lev. 22:25.) For the same reason children could not be circumcised before the eighth day from their birth. (See Exo. 22:29.) Because the text here says that the newly born animal is to be with the dam seven days, it was enacted that if the mother died before the seven days (in which case it could not be with the dam seven days), it was for ever disqualified for a sacrifice.

Consult other comments:

Leviticus 22:27 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 22:27 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Leviticus 22:27 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Leviticus 22:27 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Leviticus 22:27 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Leviticus 22:27 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 22:27 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Leviticus 22:27 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Leviticus 22:27 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Leviticus 22:27 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Leviticus 22:27 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Leviticus 22:27 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Leviticus 22:27 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

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