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without bringing it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to offer it to the Lord, shall be cut off from the people. 10 (A)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, 11 since the life of the flesh is in the blood,(B) and I have given it to you to make atonement[a] on the altar for yourselves, because it is the blood as life that makes atonement.

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  1. 17:11 To make atonement: this is probably to be understood in the context of liability for shedding animal blood (cf. v. 4). Placing the blood on the altar exonerates the slaughterer from guilt for the killing. See note on 16:6.

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