17:2 Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This [is] the thing which the LORD hath a commanded, saying,
(a) Lest they should practice the idolatry they
had learned among the Egyptians.
17:3 What man soever [there be] of the house of
Israel, that b killeth an ox, or lamb,
or goat, in the camp, or that killeth [it] out of the camp,
(b) To make a sacrifice of offering of it.
17:4 And bringeth it not unto the door of the
tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the LORD before the
tabernacle of the LORD; c blood shall be
imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from
among his people:
(c) I abhor it as much as if he had killed a man
as in (
17:5 To the end that the children of Israel may
bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the d
open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the
tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them [for] peace
offerings unto the LORD.
(d) In that they were moved with foolish devotion
to offer it.
17:7 And they shall no more
offer their sacrifices unto e devils,
after whom they have gone a f whoring.
This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.
(e) Meaning, whatever is not the true God, (1 Corinthians
(f) For idolatry is spiritual whoredom, because
faith toward God is broken.
whatsoever man [there be] of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that
sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set g
my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his
(g) I will declare my wrath by taking vengeance
on him as in (Leviticus
And whatsoever man [there be] of the children of Israel, or of the strangers
that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be
h eaten; he shall even pour out the
blood thereof, and cover it with dust.
(h) Which the law permits to be eaten, because it