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Leviticus 11:20

    Leviticus 11:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    All fowls that creep, going on all four, shall be an abomination to you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    All winged creeping things that go upon all fours are an abomination unto you.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Every winged four-footed thing which goes on the earth is disgusting to you;

    Webster's Revision

    All winged creeping things that go upon all fours are an abomination unto you.

    World English Bible

    "'All flying insects that walk on all fours are an abomination to you.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    All winged creeping things that go upon all four are an abomination unto you.

    Definitions for Leviticus 11:20

    Fowls - Birds.

    Clarke's Commentary on Leviticus 11:20

    All fowls that creep - Such as the bat, already mentioned, which has claws attached to its leathern wings, and which serve in place of feet to crawl by, the feet and legs not being distinct; but this may also include all the different kinds of insects, with the exceptions in the following verse.

    Going upon all four - May signify no more than walking regularly or progressively, foot after foot as quadrupeds do; for it cannot be applied to insects literally, as they have in general six feet, many of them more, some reputed to have a hundred, hence called centipedes; and some a thousand, hence called millipedes; words which often signify no more than that such insects have a great number of feet.

    Barnes' Notes on Leviticus 11:20

    Rather, "All creeping things which have wings," etc. The word rendered creeping things may be regarded as coextensive with our word vermin. It is derived from a verb which signifies not only to creep, but to teem, or bring forth abundantly Genesis 1:21; Genesis 8:17; Exodus 8:3; Psalm 105:30, and so easily came to denote creatures which are apt to abound, to the annoyance of mankind.

    Wesley's Notes on Leviticus 11:20

    11:20 All fowls - Flying things that crawl or creep upon the earth, and so degenerate from their proper nature, and are of a mongrel kind, which may intimate that apostates and mongrels in religion are abominable in the sight of God. Upon all four - Upon four legs, or upon more than four, which is all one to the present purpose.