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Deuteronomy 14


Clean and Unclean Animals

Deuteronomy 14:1   "You are the sons of the LORD your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave your forehead for the sake of the dead.
Deuteronomy 14:2   For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
Deuteronomy 14:3   "You shall not eat any detestable thing.
Deuteronomy 14:4   These are the animals which you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat,
Deuteronomy 14:5   the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope and the mountain sheep.
Deuteronomy 14:6   Any animal that divides the hoof and has the hoof split in two and chews the cud, among the animals, that you may eat.
Deuteronomy 14:7   Nevertheless, you are not to eat of these among those which chew the cud, or among those that divide the hoof in two: the camel and the rabbit and the shaphan, for though they chew the cud, they do not divide the hoof; they are unclean for you.
Deuteronomy 14:8   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.
Deuteronomy 14:9   "These you may eat of all that are in water: anything that has fins and scales you may eat,
Deuteronomy 14:10   but anything that does not have fins and scales you shall not eat; it is unclean for you.
Deuteronomy 14:11   "You may eat any clean bird.
Deuteronomy 14:12   But these are the ones which you shall not eat: the eagle and the vulture and the buzzard,
Deuteronomy 14:13   and the red kite, the falcon, and the kite in their kinds,
Deuteronomy 14:14   and every raven in its kind,
Deuteronomy 14:15   and the ostrich, the owl, the sea gull, and the hawk in their kinds,
Deuteronomy 14:16   the little owl, the great owl, the white owl,
Deuteronomy 14:17   the pelican, the carrion vulture, the cormorant,
Deuteronomy 14:18   the stork, and the heron in their kinds, and the hoopoe and the bat.
Deuteronomy 14:19   And all the teeming life with wings are unclean to you; they shall not be eaten.
Deuteronomy 14:20   You may eat any clean bird.
Deuteronomy 14:21   "You shall not eat anything which dies of itself. You may give it to the alien who is in your town, so that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner, for you are a holy people to the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk.
Deuteronomy 14:22   "You shall surely tithe all the produce from what you sow, which comes out of the field every year.
Deuteronomy 14:23   You shall eat in the presence of the LORD your God, at 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 learn to fear the LORD your God always.
Deuteronomy 14:24   If the distance is so great for you that you are not able to bring the tithe, since the place where the LORD your God chooses to set His name is too far away from you when the LORD your God blesses you,
Deuteronomy 14:25   then you shall exchange it for money, and bind the money in your hand and go to the place which the LORD your God chooses.
Deuteronomy 14:26   You may spend the money for whatever your heart desires: for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires; and there you shall eat in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice, you and your household.
Deuteronomy 14:27   Also you shall not neglect the Levite who is in your town, for he has no portion or inheritance among you.
Deuteronomy 14:28   "At 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 town.
Deuteronomy 14:29   The Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in order that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.
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