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Deuteronomy 14:1-29

14  “You are sons of your God Jehovah; you shall not hack yourselves nor produce a bald spot between your eyes for a dead person, 2  because you are a people holy to your God Jehovah and Jehovah has commanded you to be a people specially his own out of all the peoples on earth. 3  “You shall not eat anything abominable. 4  These are the quadrupeds you are to eat: ox, sheep and goat, 5*  deer and gazelle and roe and wild goat and spiral-horned antelope and long-horned antelope and mountain sheep, 6  and every cloven-footed quadruped with a fissure severing two half-hoofs, that chews the cud, among quadrupeds it you shall eat; 7  only that this you shall not eat of those that chew the cud and of those that have cloven hoofs with a fissure: the camel and the hare and the dassy—because they chew the cud and do not have cloven hoofs they are unclean for you,— 8  and the hog—because it has cloven hoofs and no cud it is unclean for you. You are not to eat any of their flesh nor touch their carcasses. 9  “This you are to eat out of everything in the water: whatever has fins and scales you shall eat, 10  and whatever has not fins and scales you shall not, it is unclean for you. 11  “Every clean bird you are to eat. 12  And this is what you are not to eat of them: the vulture and the lammergeier and the eagle 13*  and the falcon and the various kinds of kite 14  and all the various kinds of raven 15*  and the ostrich and the nighthawk and the gull and the various kinds of hawk 16*  and the little owl and the great owl and the water-hen 17  and the barn-owl and the Egyptian vulture and the cormorant 18  and the stork and the various kinds of heron and the hoopoe and the bat; 19  and all winged insects are unclean for you, they are not to be eaten. 20  Every clean winged creature you are to eat. 21  “You shall not eat any carcass found dead; you shall give it to the immigrant in your locality to eat, or sell it to a foreigner; because you are a people holy to your God Jehovah. “You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk. 22  “You shall tithe all the produce of your seed that goes out to the field year by year, 23  and eat before your God Jehovah, in the place he chooses to install his name in, the tithe of your grain, grape-juice, and oil, and the firstborn of your flocks and herds, in order that you may learn to fear your God Jehovah evermore. 24  And when the distance is too great for you because you cannot carry it, because the place your God Jehovah chooses to place his name in is far off from you, because your God Jehovah blesses you, 25*  you shall turn it into money and take the package of money in your hand and go to the place your God Jehovah chooses 26  and spend the money for whatever your appetite craves in the way of cattle and sheep and goats and wine and beer and everything your appetite asks you for, and eat it there before your God Jehovah and rejoice, you and your family 27  and the Levite of your locality: you are not to abandon him, because he does not have share and estate with you. 28  “Once in three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in that year and deposit it in your gate, 29  and the Levite (because he does not have share and estate with you) and the immigrant and orphan and widow of your locality shall come and eat their fill, in order that your God Jehovah may bless you in all your activities.

Footnotes

14:5 Or goat and short-horned antelope and long-horned
14:13 Var. the eagle and the kite (unc.) and the harrier-hawk and the various kinds of falcon
14:15 (nighthawk) Unc.
14:16-17 Or great owl and the ibis and the barn-owl and the Egyptian vulture
14:25 Lit. bundle the money up in your hand