12:20 When the Lord your God extends your borders as he said he would do and you say, “I want to eat meat just as I please,”29 you may do so as you wish.30 12:21 If the place he31 chooses to locate his name is too far for you, you may slaughter any of your herd and flock he32 has given you just as I have stipulated; you may eat them in your villages33 just as you wish. 12:22 Like you eat the gazelle or ibex, so you may eat these; the ritually impure and pure alike may eat them. 12:23 However, by no means eat the blood, for the blood is life itself34—you must not eat the life with the meat! 12:24 You must not eat it! You must pour it out on the ground like water. 12:25 You must not eat it so that it may go well with you and your children after you; you will be doing what is right in the Lord’s sight.35 12:26 Only the holy things and votive offerings that belong to you, you must pick up and take to the place the Lord will choose.36 12:27 You must offer your burnt offerings, both meat and blood, on the altar of the Lord your God; the blood of your other sacrifices37 you must pour out on his38 altar while you eat the meat. 12:28 Pay careful attention to all these things I am commanding you so that it may always go well with you and your children after you when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.
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