Leviticus 17

Animal Sacrifices
17:1-7

17:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

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 commanded, saying,

17:3 What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,

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; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:

God said to Moses,
Say this to Aaron and his sons, and to all the Israelites,

This is what God commands:

Don't kill an ox, lamb, or goat outside the camp and then bring it to the door of the taberncacle.

Whoever does this is guilty of shedding blood and will be cut off from his people.

17:5 To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the 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.

Instead of killing and sacrifice your animals yourself, bring them to the priest, who will kill and sacrifice them to me as peace offerings.

Who may offer sacrifices to God?

17:6 And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.

The priest will sprinkle blood on my altar and burn the fat for a sweet savor to me.
Sacrifices to devils
17:7-9

17:7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.

Don't offer any more sacrifices to devils, after whom you have gone a whoring.

This is a statute forever.

17:8 And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,

17:9 And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto the LORD; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.

Say to the people,

Whoever offers an animal sacrifice away from the tabernacle shall be cut off from his people.

Eating blood
17:10-16

17:10 And 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 my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.

I will set my face against anyone who eats blood [1], and will cut him off from his people.

Is it OK to eat blood?

17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.

The life of the flesh is in the blood. I have given it to you on the altar to make an atonement for your souls.

Because it is the blood than makes atonement for the soul.

Does God desire animal sacrifices?

17:12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.

No one shall eat blood.

17:13 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 eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.

When you hunt and catch an animal to eat, pour its blood and cover it with dust.

17:14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

The life of all flesh is its blood. Don't eat it.

Whoever eats blood will be cut off.

17:15 And every soul that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean.

17:16 But if he wash them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity.

Don't eat an animal that died from natural causes or has been torn by beasts.

If you do, you must wash yourself in water and be unclean until the evening. Then you'll be clean.

If you don't wash up, you will bear your iniquity.