Leviticus Chapter 11

Leviticus 11

1And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them,

2Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.

3Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.

4Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

5And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

6And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

7And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.

8Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

9These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.

10And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:

11They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.

12Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

13And these are they which ye shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,

14And the vulture, and the kite after his kind;

15Every raven after his kind;

16And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind,

17And the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl,

18And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,

19And the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat.

20All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.

21Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth;

22Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.

23But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you.

24And for these ye shall be unclean: whosoever toucheth the carcase of them shall be unclean until the even.

25And whosoever beareth ought of the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.

26The carcases of every beast which divideth the hoof, and is not clovenfooted, nor cheweth the cud, are unclean unto you: every one that toucheth them shall be unclean.

27And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all four, those are unclean unto you: whoso toucheth their carcase shall be unclean until the even.

28And he that beareth the carcase of them shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: they are unclean unto you.

29These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind,

30And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.

31These are unclean to you among all that creep: whosoever doth touch them, when they be dead, shall be unclean until the even.

32And upon whatsoever any of them, when they are dead, doth fall, it shall be unclean; whether it be any vessel of wood, or raiment, or skin, or sack, whatsoever vessel it be, wherein any work is done, it must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the even; so it shall be cleansed.

33And every earthen vessel, whereinto any of them falleth, whatsoever is in it shall be unclean; and ye shall break it.

34Of all meat which may be eaten, that on which such water cometh shall be unclean: and all drink that may be drunk in every such vessel shall be unclean.

35And every thing whereupon any part of their carcase falleth shall be unclean; whether it be oven, or ranges for pots, they shall be broken down: for they are unclean and shall be unclean unto you.

36Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcase shall be unclean.

37And if any part of their carcase fall upon any sowing seed which is to be sown, it shall be clean.

38But if any water be put upon the seed, and any part of their carcase fall thereon, it shall be unclean unto you.

39And if any beast, of which ye may eat, die; he that toucheth the carcase thereof shall be unclean until the even.

40And he that eateth of the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: he also that beareth the carcase of it shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.

41And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten.

42Whatsoever goeth upon the belly, and whatsoever goeth upon all four, or whatsoever hath more feet among all creeping things that creep upon the earth, them ye shall not eat; for they are an abomination.

43Ye shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creepeth, neither shall ye make yourselves unclean with them, that ye should be defiled thereby.

44For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

45For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

46This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth:

47To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.

26 thoughts on “Leviticus Chapter 11

  1. Clean and Unclean Foods
    Lev 11

    As I scan the lists of allowed and disallowed foods, some of the designations sound resonable; others appear arbitrary. Most I wouldn’t of even considered eating in the first place. It would be ridiculous to attempt to second-guess God; however, the text itself may provide clues as to God’s reasoning. Like, after God gives the list, he says “Consecrate yourself and be holy,because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean” (Lev 11:44). Each of the prohibited animals is unclean for one reason or another -perhaps due to societial custom, physical repulsion, superstition or a connection to heathen deities. Whatever the reasoning, the purpose is clear: By avoiding these unclean foods God’s people set themselves apart.

    A lovely twist to this standard
    Acts 10:11-16
    Peter is having a vision of a bunch of different animals that were considered “unclean” by Godand is told by God to “Kill and eat.” BUT..what clears up the confusion is in vs. 15 “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” ….so it was unclean but now it is cleaned by God himself, so now its okay to eat what was considered unclean because Jesus’ blood cleanses all of us, both Jews and Gentile.

    …Now if you want to dig down to a deeper level you can say this is not all physical, but also an example and standard spiritually. Jews/ Isrealites only hung out with and married only Jews/ Isrealites (or were supposed to) by God’s command, so they wouldn’t be tempted to worship false gods like the non-Jews/ Isrealites did. So they treated any race that wasn’t their own like dogs (unclean) For example look at the Cannanite woman (Matt 15:22-28) The difference is Jesus had come not to abolish the law but to fullfil it. Since it is now fulfilled we are not to be unequally yoked, but able to reach out to everyone for the sake of salvation.

    Sorry guys its sooo.. long guess I got a bit carried away.

  2. We need to be careful what goes into our bodies for God said we are to be holy before him. This includes our minds and souls.

  3. God always has been cleared with His people about His do’s & don’t, although it is my opinion that His point was to make us Holy (different – separate from the world). I also understand Acts 10:11-16 for Jesus died for ALL THE WORLD not just Israel the Holy people of God, Mathew 5:17 says; “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” His fulfillment was to extend His Love & Grace to us the gentiles. That is when we become adopted by God as His children. I thank Him for His Love & Grace everyday.

  4. 44For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    45For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

    The Lord is our standard of Holiness. “Ye shall be holy, for I am holy.” In other words, if you want to be apart of me you must be like me. I am separated from sin therefore you must be separated from sin.

    James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

    11Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

    12Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

    We are the body of Christ therefore we must produce the fruit of Christ. If God is our standard then we can not compare our walk with him to another brother or sister but we must compare our walk with his walk. What example did Jesus, God himself, give to us. Are we walking as he did? I’m thankful for the Word of God that allows me to examine myself and prunes away the dead and ugly. Be Church! Be Holy!

  5. HOLY DIET

    47 To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.

    God’s plan and desire for man is that we are his image, after his likeness. God created the clean and the unclean alike, for their purpose. There seems to be controversy concerning the current state of clean and unclean foods. Consider this:

    1. Foods mentioned as an abomination would never be approved of GOD to consume, because of the many other abominations GOD has established. ABOMINATION – DETESTABLE.

    2. Much reference is made to Peter in Acts 10 while seeing a vision.
    a. He was hungry – his mind was on food.
    b. God was preparing him for the conversion of an unclean Gentile.
    c. The scripture never says Peter ate unclean food – the vision was a parable
    d. Peter gives the answer to the vision in verse 28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. He never says a word about food.

    I am thankful for the opportunity to prayerfully consider what we eat as pleasing to the LORD GOD.

    BE Church
    BE Clean

  6. For I, the Lord , am the one who brought you up from the land of Egypt, that I might be your God. Therefore, you must be holy because I am holy. (Leviticus 11:45 NLT)

    What was so bad about eating something ceremonially unclean?

    Back then they had to watch their diet because if they ate the wrong thing they would be unclean until evening.

    The problem with it?

    Well, you can’t be with God. Fellowship with God, go to the temple, participate in any of the celebrations.

    Whatever they could do being clean they couldn’t do being unclean.

    Today the parameters have changed but the point is the same.

    The “little” sins may be fun but the consequences are drastic. We can’t truly be in the presence of God with sin in our lives. Sure we can feel him, but until we do what it takes to be clean again we can’t go into his holy place.

    It’s not worth it. Remember, it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine.

  7. v44 ” I am the LORD your GOD therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy;
    for I Am holy”

    Don’t lose respect for HIS HOLY HOUSE
    Whatever you do remember to honor
    GOD’S HOUSE. HIS PRESENCE
    Santify everything we get our hands on.
    ” Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
    1Cor.10:31

  8. The foods that God calls unclean, the world tells us that they are harder on our digestive systems.
    As I work to be more holy and healthy I will be watching more closely what and how I eat….

  9. These laws were given to protect us and give us long and heathy lives.The fact that grasshoppers are clean And TO BE EATEN is not a common practice here but quite normal in other countries. I have always believed the law should still be respected today..”Verily I say unto you till heaven and earth pass away,not one jot or tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”Matt:5-18-19 Last I looked the earth was still under my feet and I could see the heavens out my window! My goal for 2012 is to aquire a taste for grasshoppers! Yummy!

  10. I am thankful that God opened up our food options and does not hold us to a Jewish diet. Bacon is good and so is stewed rabbit, both were forbidden in this chapter. While studying, I came across the following passage.

    With so much emphasis on proper eating and physical exercise here in America, it has caused many to examine their lifestyles. A lot of people have now become out of balance by putting too much emphasis on the physical man while neglecting the spiritual man. The other extreme is to be so spiritually-minded that we neglect our bodies by overeating or lack of exercise. The Lord desires order in this area, as our physical condition, if it is not properly cared for, affects our spiritual condition. We cannot serve the Lord to the fullest if our bodies are run down and tired and not functioning as God designed them to function. The medical world is now recognizing that gluttony is one of the major causes of many of our modern day illnesses. Moderation should be our guide. (Bible Answers)

    It seems many ministers in our fellowship and out have begun stressing the importance of taking care of the physical man, but when Leviticus was written, God wasn’t looking at the physical, but instead at how what we consume affects the spiritual.

    I believe you can go to heaven after eating a ham sandwich, but not with a rebellious spirit.

  11. V.44For I am the Lord your GOD: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy, for I AM holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that crepeth upon the earth.

  12. 47 By these instructions you will know what is unclean and clean, and which animals may be eaten and which may not be eaten.” (NLT)

    Just like yesterday’s chapter, God is telling us what is clean and unclean. We must obey and watch not only what we allow into our physical bodies but into our spiritual mind and soul.

  13. 44For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    45For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

    God desires for us to be holy not only in attitude, but in actions, including disciplines in our eating habits. No wonder people in the bible lived to be hundreds of years old and we struggle to live to be 3 score and 10 years.

  14. Dietary laws were for the benefit of the people not for God himself. In studying these laws recently I found that from a medical perspective in that day these laws if followed would help in preventing disease among the children of Israel. It was not the dietary laws that made men holy it was their obedience to Gods word in every area. Today some still follow these dietary laws but the outcome is not a better spiritual condition but a healthier physical condition.

    It’s not what a man eats that defiles him…

  15. Paul was talking to the Gentile believers about the law…Paul was a Jew of the Jews and understood the law forward and back. He was writting to the Gentile believers who were uncertain about if they were required to follow the law.

    Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

    Scripture in context…
    Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
    Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
    Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
    Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
    Col 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
    Col 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
    Col 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
    Col 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
    Col 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
    Col 2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

    ***Once again in the following scripture, Paul tells the Gentile believers that the Jewish dietary laws do not pertain to them.

    Rom 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
    Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

    Rom 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

  16. God wants us to be holy in everything we do. But that doesn’t mean be perfect, because no one is, just try and do good and listen to God and follow him. So stay strong in his word and in prayer

  17. To me, I don’t see a huge difference between catfsh and trout, or pork and beef. Yet God’s law for Israel set those at odds between unclean and clean. I have found that somethings God will put off limits even when I can’t discern why something isn’t good. It comes down to relationship, of trust and obedience. Sometimes I eventully get to a place where I can look back and see why God took a certain stance on something, but other times I just don’t know and I expect there are some questions I may go my whole life here without knowing the answer to. But answer or no answer, we must allow the bounds of relationship with God be alive in our lives.

  18. This chapter talks about foods and whether they were clean or unclean. Can you just imagine if we really are what we eat?? As God’s people we must always be alert as to what we feed not only our bodies; but, our spiritual bodies! If we always eat what we know is not good for us it will eventually show up; so, the same thing with our spiritual side. Whatever we feed our lives (mind/heart) it will eventually show!!!!

  19. There is more to this chapter than eating right. These verses provide a key to understanding all the laws and regulations in Leviticus. God wanted his people to be holy just as he is holy. He knew they had only two options: to be separate and holy, or to compromise with their pagan neighbors and become corrupt. That is why he called them out of idolatrous Egypt and set them apart as a unique nation, dedicated to worshiping him alone and leading moral lives. That is also why he designed laws and restrictions to help them remain separate from the wicked pagan nations they would encounter in Canaan. We are also called to be holy. Like the Israelites, we should remain spiritually separate from the world’s wickedness, even though, unlike the Israelites, we rub shoulders with unbelievers every day. It is no easy task to be holy in an unholy world, but God doesn’t ask us to accomplish this on our own. He has provided help. Through the death of his Son, he will “present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.” With Christ, we can live in the world without having to be of the world.

  20. This chapter illustrates obedience. The children of Israel were to be obedient on what they consumed if they wanted to be clean. We must also be obedient on what our minds, eyes and ears consume if we want to be clean. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

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