Keil and Delitzsch Commentary - Deuteronomy 12:25 - 12:25

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Keil and Delitzsch Commentary - Deuteronomy 12:25 - 12:25

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On the promise for doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord, see Deu 6:18. - In Deu 12:26, Deu 12:27, the command to offer all the holy gifts at the place chosen by the Lord is enforced once more, as in Deu 12:6, Deu 12:11, Deu 12:17, Deu 12:18; also to prepare the sacrifices at His altar. קֳדָשִׁים, the holy offerings prescribed in the law, as in Num 18:8; see at Lev 21:22. The “votive offerings” are mentioned in connection with these, because vows proceeded from a spontaneous impulse. לְךָ יִהְיוּ אֲשֶׁר, “which are to thee,” are binding upon thee. In v. 27, “the flesh and the blood” are in opposition to “thy burnt-offerings:” “thy burnt-offerings, namely the flesh and blood of them,” thou shalt prepare at the altar of Jehovah; i.e., the flesh and blood of the burnt-offerings were to be placed upon and against the altar (see at Lev 1:5-9). Of the slain-offerings, i.e., the shelamim, the blood was to be poured out against the altar (Lev 3:2, Lev 3:8, Lev 3:13); “the flesh thou canst eat” (cf. Lev 7:11.). There is no ground for seeking an antithesis in יִשָּׁפֵךְ, as Knobel does, to the זָרַק in the sacrificial ritual. The indefinite expression may be explained from the retrospective allusion to Deu 12:24 and the purely suggestive character of the whole passage, the thing itself being supposed to be sufficiently known from the previous laws.