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Leviticus 3:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And if his oblation for a sacrifice of peace-offerings unto Jehovah be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD [be] of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— ‘But if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD is from the flock, he shall offer it, male or female, without defect.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace-offering to the LORD shall be [of] the flock, male or female; he shall offer it without blemish.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace-offering to Jehovah be of small cattle, male or female, he shall present it without blemish.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But, if, out of the flock, be his oblation, for a peace-offering unto Yahweh, whether male or female—without defect, shall he bring it near.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'And if his offering [is] out of the flock for a sacrifice of peace-offerings to Jehovah, male or female, a perfect one he doth bring near;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But if his oblation and the sacrifice of peace offering be of the flock, whether he offer male or female, they shall be without blemish.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering vnto the LORD, be of the flocke, male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And if his gift be of the sheep, a peace-offering to the Lord, male or female, he shall bring it unblemished.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto Yahweh [be] of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And if x518
(0518) Complement
A primitive particle; used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogitive, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a negative, not.
his offering 7133
{7133} Prime
From H7126; something brought near the altar, that is, a sacrificial present.
for a sacrifice 2077
{2077} Prime
From H2076; properly a slaughter, that is, the flesh of an animal; by implication a sacrifice (the victim or the act).
of peace offering 8002
{8002} Prime
From H7999; properly requital, that is, a (voluntary) sacrifice in thanks.
unto Yhw יָהוֶה 3068
{3068} Prime
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God.
[be] of x4480
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
the flock; 6629
{6629} Prime
From an unused root meaning to migrate; a collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men).
male 2145
{2145} Prime
From H2142; properly remembered, that is, a male (of man or animals, as being the most noteworthy sex).
or x176
(0176) Complement
The first form is presumed to be the 'constructive' or genitival form of the second form which is short for H0185; desire (and so probably in Proverbs 31:4); hence (by way of alternative) or, also if.
female, 5347
{5347} Prime
From H5344; female (from the sexual form).
he shall offer 7126
{7126} Prime
A primitive root; to approach (causatively bring near) for whatever purpose.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
it without blemish. 8549
{8549} Prime
From H8552; entire (literally, figuratively or morally); also (as noun) integrity, truth.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Leviticus 3:4-11.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Leviticus 3:6-17

_ _ Directions are here given concerning the peace-offering, if it was a sheep or a goat. Turtle-doves or young pigeons, which might be brought for whole burnt offerings, were not allowed for peace-offerings, because they have no fat considerable enough to be burnt upon the altar; and they would be next to nothing if they were to be divided according to the law of the peace-offerings. The laws concerning a lamb or goat offered for a peace offering are much the same with those concerning a bullock, and little now occurs here; but, 1. The rump of the mutton was to be burnt with the fat of the inwards upon the altar, the whole rump (Leviticus 3:9), because in those countries it was very fat and large. Some observe from this that, be a thing ever so contemptible, God can make it honourable, by applying it to his service. Thus God is said to give more abundant honour to that part which lacked, 1 Corinthians 12:23, 1 Corinthians 12:24. 2. That which was burnt upon the altar is called the food of the offering, Leviticus 3:11, Leviticus 3:16. It fed the holy fire; it was acceptable to God as our food is to us; and since in the tabernacle God did, as it were, keep house among them, by the offerings on the altar he kept a good table, as Solomon in his court, 1 Kings 4:22, etc. 3. Here is a general rule laid down, that all the fat is the Lord's (Leviticus 3:16), and a law made thereupon, that they should eat neither fat nor blood, no, not in their private houses, Leviticus 3:17. (1.) As for the fat, it is not meant of that which is interlarded with the meat (that they might eat, Nehemiah 8:10), but the fat of the inwards, the suet, which was always God's part out of the sacrificed beasts; and therefore they must not eat of it, no, not out of the beasts that they killed for their common use. Thus would God preserve the honour of that which was sacred to himself. They must not only not feed upon that fat which was to be the food of the altar, but not upon any like it, lest the table of the Lord (as the altar is called), if something were not reserved peculiar to it, should become contemptible, and the fruit thereof, even its meat, contemptible, Malachi 1:7, Malachi 1:12. (2.) The blood was universally forbidden likewise, for the same reason that the fat was, because it was God's part of every sacrifice. The heathen drank the blood of their sacrifices; hence we read of their drink-offerings of blood, Psalms 16:4. But God would not permit the blood, that made atonement, to be used as a common thing (Hebrews 10:29), nor will he allow us, though we have the comfort of the atonement made, to assume to ourselves any share in the honour of making it. He that glories, let him glory in the Lord, and to his praise let all the blood be poured out.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Leviticus 3:6

And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD [be] of the flock; (c) male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.

(c) In the peace offering either male or female could be offered, but in the burnt offering only the male: so here no birds can be offered, but in the burnt offering they might: there all was consumed with fire, and in the peace offering divided.

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a sacrifice:

Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him:
Ephesians 2:13-22 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. ... In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

be of:

Leviticus 3:1 And if his oblation [be] a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer [it] of the herd; whether [it be] a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD.
Leviticus 1:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man of you bring an offering unto the LORD, ye shall bring your offering of the cattle, [even] of the herd, and of the flock.
Leviticus 1:10 And if his offering [be] of the flocks, [namely], of the sheep, or of the goats, for a burnt sacrifice; he shall bring it a male without blemish.
Isaiah 60:7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.


Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

he shall:

Leviticus 3:1-17 And if his oblation [be] a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offer [it] of the herd; whether [it be] a male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before the LORD. ... [It shall be] a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.
Acts 4:27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. ... And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, ... Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
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