Bible Verse Explanations and Resources


Leviticus 3:2

Adam Clarke
Bible Commentary

Lay his hand upon the head of his offering - See this rite explained in Exodus 29:10; (note), and Leviticus 1:4; (note). "As the burnt-offering, (Leviticus 1).," says Mr. Ainsworth, "figured our reconciliation to God by the death of Christ, and the meat-offering, (Leviticus 2)., our sanctification in him before God, so this peace-offering signified both Christ's oblation of himself whereby he became our peace and salvation, ( Ephesians 2:14-16; Acts 13:47; Hebrews 5:9; Hebrews 9:28;), and our oblation of praise, thanksgiving, and prayer unto God."

Albert Barnes
Notes on the Whole Bible

Kill it at the door … - See Leviticus 1:3. Tradition says that the peace-offerings might be killed in any part of the court.

Matthew Henry
Concise Bible Commentary
The peace-offerings had regard to God as the giver of all good things. These were divided between the altar, the priest, and the owner. They were called peace-offering, because in them God and his people did, as it were, feast together, in token of friendship. The peace-offerings were offered by way of supplication. If a man were in pursuit of any mercy, he would add a peace-offering to his prayer for it. Christ is our Peace, our Peace-offering; for through him alone it is that we can obtain an answer of peace to our prayers. Or, the peace-offering was offered by way of thanksgiving for some mercy received. We must offer to God the sacrifice of praise continually, by Christ our Peace; and then this shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock.
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