The outer part of the human body and of the body of animals. 1. The mention of human skin is often in relation to disease (see
Leviticus 13:1). Human skin is also mentioned in relationship to hairiness (Genesis 27:11-12,Genesis 27:16,Genesis 27:22-23); to sickness (Job 7:5;
Lamentations 5:10); and to the color (Jeremiah 13:23). 2.
Genesis 3:21 is the first mention of animal skins in the Bible. Animal skins were used to make containers for various kinds of liquids: water, milk, wine (Judges 4:19 NIV;
Matthew 9:17 NIV). The most used hides probably came from the animals most in use: sheep, goats, oxen, and donkeys, although other animal's skins certainly were used when available. 3. The sacrifice of animals sometimes called for the destruction of the entire animal (Leviticus 4:11-12). At other times the skins were the property of the priests for their use (Leviticus 7:8). 4. The skin was also used in several proverbial sayings: “Skin for skin” (Job 2:4), “the skin of my teeth” (Job 19:20), and “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?” (Jeremiah 13:23). See Diseases; Leprosy; Vessels and Utensils.
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