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9:4 not eat . . . blood. This law points to the symbolic connection between blood and life, a concept also basic to the sacrificial system (Lev. 17:11) and the atoning work of Christ (Heb. 9:14, 22). See Lev. 3:17; 7:27; 19:26; Deut. 12:16; 1 Sam. 14:32–34.