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Leviticus 17:1-16

17  And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying 2  “Tell Aaron and his sons and all the sons of Israel ‘This is the thing Jehovah has commanded: 3  Any man of the house of Israel who slaughters a bull or cow or sheep or goat in the camp, or who slaughters it outside the camp, 4  and does not bring it to the door of the Tent of Meeting to present an oblation to Jehovah before Jehovah’s tabernacle, that man shall be chargeable with bloodguilt: he has shed blood, and that person shall be cut off from among his kinsfolk,’ 5  in order that the sons of Israel may bring to Jehovah, to the priest, at the door of the Tent of Meeting, their sacrifices that they are sacrificing all over the range, and sacrifice them as welfare-sacrifices to Jehovah, 6  and the priest may throw their blood against Jehovah’s altar at the door of the Tent of Meeting and burn the fat for a genial odor to Jehovah, 7  and they may no longer sacrifice their sacrifices to the satyrs that they prostitute themselves to follow: they shall have this as a perpetual usage generation after generation 8  “And to them you shall say ‘Any man of the house of Israel or of the immigrants that live among them who does a burnt-offering or sacrifice 9  and does not bring it to the door of the Tent of Meeting to do it to Jehovah, that man shall be cut off from his kinsfolk. 10  “‘And any man of the house of Israel or of the immigrants that live among them who eats any blood, I will set my face against the soul that ate the blood and cut him off from among his kinsfolk, 11  because the creature’s soul is in the blood and I have given it to you on the altar to purge your souls, because the blood purges by the soul. 12  This is why I say to the sons of Israel “Not any soul of you shall eat blood”; and the immigrant that lives among you shall not eat blood. 13  And any man of the sons of Israel or of the immigrants that live among them who kills game, eatable beast or bird, shall let its blood run out and cover it with earth, 14*  because every creature’s blood is its soul, and I have said to the sons of Israel “You shall not eat the blood of any creature, because every creature’s blood is its soul: everyone who eats it shall be cut off.” 15  “‘And every person who eats meat from a creature that has died a natural death or been killed by wild beasts, be he native or immigrant, shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean till evening, and be clean. 16  But if he does not wash nor bathe his body he shall bear his guilt.’”

Footnotes

17:14 Var. earth, because every creature’s soul is its blood in (or by) its soul