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Fat. The Hebrews distinguished between the suet or pure fat of an animal and the fat which was intermixed with the lean. Neh. 8:10. Certain restrictions were imposed upon them in reference to the former; some parts of the suet, viz., about the stomach, the entrails, the kidneys, and the tail of a sheep, which grows to an excessive size in many eastern countries, and produces a large quantity of rich fat, were forbidden to be eaten in the case of animals offered to Jehovah in sacrifice. Lev. 3:3, 9, 17; 7:3, 23. The ground of the prohibition was that the fat was the richest part of the animal, and therefore belonged to him. Lev. 3:16. The burning of the fat of sacrifices was particularly specified in each kind of offering.