I will turn against any of my people who eat blood. This also includes any foreigners living among you. 11
Life is in the blood, and I have given you the blood of animals to sacrifice in place of your own. 12
That's also why I have forbidden you to eat blood. 13
Even if you should hunt and kill a bird or an animal, you must drain out the blood and cover it with soil. 14
The life of every living creature is in its blood. That's why I have forbidden you to eat blood and why I have warned you that anyone who does will no longer belong to my people. 15
If you happen to find a dead animal and eat it, you must take a bath and wash your clothes, but you are still unclean until evening. 16
If you don't take a bath, you will suffer for what you did wrong.
Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version ®. Copyright © 1995 American Bible Society. Used by permission.