Chapter 14

Clean and Unclean Animals

1 “You are athe sons of the Lord your God; byou shall not cut yourselves nor 1shave your forehead for the sake of the dead.

2 “For you are aa holy people to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a bpeople for His 1own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

3aYou shall not eat any detestable thing.

4 “aThese are the animals which you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat,

5 1the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope and the mountain sheep.

6 “Any animal that divides the hoof and has the hoof split in 1two and 2chews the cud, among the animals, that you may eat.

7 “Nevertheless, you are not to eat of these among those which 1chew the cud, or among those that divide the hoof in 2two: the camel and the 3rabbit and the 4shaphan, for though they 1chew the cud, they do not divide the hoof; they are unclean for you.

8 “The pig, because it divides the hoof but does not chew the cud, it is unclean for you. You shall not eat any of their flesh nor touch their carcasses.

9 “These you may eat of all that are in water: anything that has fins and scales you may eat,

10 but anything that does not have fins and scales you shall not eat; it is unclean for you.

11 “You may eat any clean bird.

12 “But athese are the ones which you shall not eat: the 1eagle and the vulture and the 2buzzard,

13 and the red kite, the falcon, and the kite in their kinds,

14 and every raven in its kind,

15 and the ostrich, the owl, the sea gull, and the hawk in their kinds,

16 the little owl, the 1great owl, the white owl,

17 the pelican, the carrion vulture, the cormorant,

18 the stork, and the heron in their kinds, and the hoopoe and the bat.

19 “And all the 1teeming life with wings are unclean to you; they shall not be eaten.

20 “You may eat any clean bird.

21aYou shall not eat anything which dies of itself. You may give it to the alien who is in your 1town, so that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner, for you are ba holy people to the Lord your God. cYou shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

22 “You ashall surely tithe all the produce from 1what you sow, which comes out of the field every year.

23 “You shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God, aat the place where He chooses to establish His name, the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and your flock, so that you may blearn to fear the Lord your God always.

24 “If the 1distance is so great for you that you are not able to 2bring the tithe, since the place where the Lord your God chooses ato set His name is too far away from you when the Lord your God blesses you,

25 then you shall 1exchange it for money, and bind the money in your hand and go to the place which the Lord your God chooses.

26 “You may spend the money for whatever your 1heart desires: for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your 1heart 2desires; and athere you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.

27 “Also you shall not neglect athe Levite who is in your 1town, bfor he has no portion or inheritance among you.

28aAt the end of every third year you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in that year, and shall deposit it in your 1town.

29 “The Levite, abecause he has no portion or inheritance among you, and bthe alien, the 1orphan and the widow who are in your 2town, shall come and ceat and be satisfied, in order that dthe Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.


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