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Leviticus 6:26-27 (KJV)

The priest that offereth it for sin shall eat it: in the holy place shall it be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation. Whatsoever shall touch the flesh thereof shall be holy: and when there is sprinkled of the blood thereof upon any garment, thou shalt wash that whereon it was sprinkled in the holy place.

Haggai 2:12 (KJV)

If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No.

How can we understand the apparent difference between these two texts?

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"Whatsoever shall touch the flesh thereof shall be holy." - Leviticus

"If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch..." - Haggai

In Leviticus it's taught that the skirt (or any other container) must be thoroughly washed or destroyed after touching the holy flesh. There's no difference between these two texts - nothing in Haggai is touching the meat itself apart from the skirt of the garment, which is to be washed afterwards.

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  • @ Steve Taylor,Is not the garment sanctified,can it not convey holiness to whatsoever it contacts? – collen ndhlovu Mar 22 '17 at 13:54
  • The skirt of the garment cannot - it is the part which drags through the mud and feces in the streets. It will be unclean and render the meat unclean. – James Shewey Mar 22 '17 at 14:02

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