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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Leviticus 17



Verse 1

spake. See note on Leviticus 5:14.

Verse 2

and unto all the children of Israel. First occurrence of this phrase: see note on Leviticus 5:14, marking the solemnity of the charge, and the subject.

children. Hebrew sons.

Verse 3

What man soever = Hebrew. "ish "ish.

killeth [in sacrifice]. The Figure of speech Ellipsis (App-6. d) must be thus supplied. For, although the word is Hebrew. shachat (App-43.) and not zabach (App-43.), the context (verses: Leviticus 17:7-9) shows that only sacrifices in unlawful places are being treated of. There is no contradiction, therefore, of Deuteronomy 12:15, Deuteronomy 12:21, where the context shows equally clearly that only food is in question. Compare Leviticus 17:5.

Verse 4

tabernacle. Hebrew. mishkan. App-40.

offer = bring near. Hebrew. karab. App-43.

offering = Hebrew. korban. App-43.

tabernacle = tent. Hebrew. "ohel.

Verse 5

offer = slay in sacrifice. Hebrew. zabach. App-43, thus showing the correct supply of the ellipsis in Leviticus 17:3.

door = entrance.

Verse 6

burn = burn as incense. Hebrew. katar. App-43.

sweet savour. See note on Leviticus 1:9.

Verse 7

no more: implies that they had done so in Egypt to the goat image "Pan". Compare Joshua 24:14. Ezekiel 20:7; Ezekiel 23:3, &c, and especially 2 Chronicles 11:15.

offer = slay in sacrifice. Hebrew zabach. App-43.

devils. Hebrew. sa"ir. (Only here and 2 Chronicles 11:15, "devils". In Isaiah 13:21; Isaiah 34:14 rendered "satyrs" = an imaginary demon: half-goat, half-man. Septuagint = demons:) from Hebrew root, meaning to shudder. From this "Pan" came the "satyrs", "fauns", and woodland gods of Greece and Rome, and also the "devil" of Christendom.

Verse 8

offereth = offereth up. Hebrew. alah App-43.

Verse 9

offer = prepare. Hebrew. "asah. App-43.

Verse 10

soul = Hebrew. nephesh. App-13.

Verse 11

For. This verse, with Luke 24:39. 1 Corinthians 15:50 and Hebrews 13:20, forms a strong chain of truth against the "Mass".

make an atonement. See note on Exodus 29:33.

soul. Hebrew. nephesh, because the soul is the life. Thus a life is substituted for a life. Hence Hebrews 9:22.

Verse 12

Therefore. Hence Acts 15:20, Acts 15:29; Acts 21:25.

Verse 13

which hunteth = which shall hunt any hunting. Figure of speech Polyptoton, a necessity with Israel, not sport; for extermination (Exodus 23:29) and for food (Genesis 25:27. Proverbs 12:27). Compare 1 Samuel 14:32-34 and Ezekiel 33:25.

Verse 15

bathe. See note on Leviticus 14:9. The rigour of this law seen from 1 Samuel 14:32-35.

Verse 16

iniquity. Hebrew. "avah. App-44.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Leviticus 17:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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