Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, (Leviticus 17:1)

"Speak to Aaron and to his sons and to all the sons of Israel and say to them, `This is what the LORD has commanded, saying, (Leviticus 17:2)

"Any man from the house of Israel who slaughters an ox or a lamb or a goat in the camp, or who slaughters it outside the camp, (Leviticus 17:3)

and has not brought it to the doorway of the tent of meeting to present it as an offering to the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD, bloodguiltiness is to be reckoned to that man. He has shed blood and that man shall be cut off from among his people. (Leviticus 17:4)

"The reason is so that the sons of Israel may bring their sacrifices which they were sacrificing in the open field, that they may bring them in to the LORD, at the doorway of the tent of meeting to the priest, and sacrifice them as sacrifices of peace offerings to the LORD. (Leviticus 17:5)

"The priest shall sprinkle the blood on the altar of the LORD at the doorway of the tent of meeting, and offer up the fat in smoke as a soothing aroma to the LORD. (Leviticus 17:6)

"They shall no longer sacrifice their sacrifices to the goat demons with which they play the harlot. This shall be a permanent statute to them throughout their generations."' (Leviticus 17:7)

"Then you shall say to them, `Any man from the house of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice, (Leviticus 17:8)

and does not bring it to the doorway of the tent of meeting to offer it to the LORD, that man also shall be cut off from his people. (Leviticus 17:9)

`And any man from the house of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people. (Leviticus 17:10)

`For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.' (Leviticus 17:11)

"Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, `No person among you may eat blood, nor may any alien who sojourns among you eat blood.' (Leviticus 17:12)

"So when any man from the sons of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, in hunting catches a beast or a bird which may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth. (Leviticus 17:13)

"For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life. Therefore I said to the sons of Israel, `You are not to eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off.' (Leviticus 17:14)

"When any person eats an animal which dies or is torn by beasts, whether he is a native or an alien, he shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and remain unclean until evening; then he will become clean. (Leviticus 17:15)

"But if he does not wash them or bathe his body, then he shall bear his guilt." (Leviticus 17:16)


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