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Leviticus 7:20-21

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7:20 The person who eats meat from the peace offering sacrifice which belongs to the Lord while his uncleanness persists 1  will be cut off from his people. 2  7:21 When a person touches anything unclean (whether human uncleanness, or an unclean animal, or an unclean detestable creature) 3  and eats some of the meat of the peace offering sacrifice which belongs to the Lord, that person will be cut off from his people.’” 4 

1 tn Heb “and his unclean condition is on him.”

2 sn The exact meaning of this penalty clause is not certain. It could mean that he will be executed, whether by God or by man, he will be excommunicated from sanctuary worship and/or community benefits (cf. TEV, CEV), or his line will be terminated by God (i.e., extirpation), etc. See J. E. Hartley, Leviticus (WBC), 100; J. Milgrom, Leviticus (AB), 1:457-60; and B. A. Levine, Leviticus (JPSTC), 241-42 for further discussion.

3 sn For these categories of unclean animals see Lev 11.

4 sn For the interpretation of this last clause see the note on Lev 7:20.



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