Leviticus , CHAPTER 17
Sacredness of Blood.
The LORD said to Moses:
Speak to Aaron and his sons, as well as to all the Israelites, and tell them: This is what the LORD has commanded:
Any Israelite who slaughters an ox or a sheep or a goat, whether in the camp or outside of it,
without first bringing it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to present it as an offering to the LORD in front of the LORD’s tabernacle, shall be judged guilty of bloodshed?that individual has shed blood, and shall be cut off from the people.
This is so that such sacrifices as they used to offer in the open field the Israelites shall henceforth bring to the LORD at the entrance of the tent of meeting, to the priest, and sacrifice them there as communion sacrifices to the LORD.
The priest will splash the blood on the altar of the LORD at the entrance of the tent of meeting and burn the fat for an odor pleasing to the LORD.
No longer shall they offer their sacrifices to the demons with whom they prostituted themselves.d This shall be an everlasting statute for them and their descendants.
Tell them, therefore: Anyone, whether of the house of Israel or of the aliens residing among them, who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice
without bringing it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it to the LORD, shall be cut off from the people.
As for anyone, whether of the house of Israel or of the aliens residing among them, who consumes any blood, I will set myself against that individual and will cut that person off from among the people,
since the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement* on the altar for yourselves, because it is the blood as life that makes atonement.
That is why I have told the Israelites: No one among you, not even a resident alien, may consume blood.
Anyone hunting, whether of the Israelites or of the aliens residing among them, who catches an animal or a bird that may be eaten, shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth,
since the life of all flesh is its blood. I have told the Israelites: You shall not consume the blood of any flesh. Since the life of all flesh is its blood, anyone who consumes it shall be cut off.
Everyone, whether a native or an alien, who eats of an animal that died of itself or was killed by a wild beast, shall wash his garments, bathe in water, and be unclean until evening, and then become clean.
If one does not wash his garments and bathe, that person shall bear the penalty.