DEUTERONOMY 12:23

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.”

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Deuteronomy 12:23 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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Only רַ֣ק Properly, leanness, i.e., (figuratively) limitation; only adverbial, merely, or conjunctional, although Only
be sure חֲזַ֗ק To fasten upon; hence, to seize, be strong (figuratively, courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer sure
that thou eat אֲכֹ֣ל To eat (literally or figuratively) eat
not לְבִלְתִּי֙ Properly, a failure of, i.e., (used only as a negative particle, usually with a prepositional prefix) not, except, without, unless, besides, because not, until, etc not
the blood: הַדָּ֔ם Blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy, the juice of the grape; figuratively (especially in the plural) bloodshed (i.e., drops of blood) blood
for כִּ֥י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
the blood הַדָּ֖ם Blood (as that which when shed causes death) of man or an animal; by analogy, the juice of the grape; figuratively (especially in the plural) bloodshed (i.e., drops of blood) blood
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the life; הַנָּ֑פֶשׁ Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) life
and thou mayest not וְלֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles mayest not
eat תֹאכַ֥ל To eat (literally or figuratively) eat
the life הַנֶּ֖פֶשׁ Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) life
with עִם Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
the flesh. הַבָּשָֽׂר׃ Flesh (from its freshness); by extension, body, person; also (by euphemistically) the pudenda of a man flesh

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  • 21  If the place which the Lord thy God hath chosen to put his name there be too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the Lord hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.

  • 22  Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so thou shalt eat them: the unclean and the clean shall eat of them alike.

  • 23  Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.

  • 24  Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it upon the earth as water.

  • 25  Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the Lord.




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