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Go to Commentary on Deut 12
 
The Chosen Place of Worship

1“These are the statutes and the ordinances that you are to be careful to do in the land that Yahweh, the God of your fathers, has given to you to possess all the days that you live on the earth.
  2You are to surely destroy all the places where the nations that you dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree,
  3and you are to break down their altars and dash their sacred standing-stones in pieces and burn their Asherah poles with fire, and you are to cut down the carved images of their gods and you are to destroy their name out of that place.
  4You are not to act that way toward Yahweh your God.
  5But to the place that Yahweh your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even to his habitation you must seek, and there you must come;
  6and you are to bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices and your tithes, and the wave offering of your hand, and your vows and your freewill offerings and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock to that place:
  7and you are to eat there before Yahweh your God, and you and your households will rejoice in all that you put your hand to, in which Yahweh your God has blessed you.
 

8“You are not to do all the things that we are doing here today; every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes,
  9for you have not yet come to the rest and to the inheritance that Yahweh your God is giving you.
  10But when you go over the Jordan, and live in the land that Yahweh your God causes you to inherit, and he gives you rest from all your enemies around you so that you live in safety,
  11then it will happen that to the place that Yahweh your God will choose to cause his name to live there, there you are to bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the wave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows that you vow to Yahweh.
  12You will rejoice before Yahweh your God, you and your sons and your daughters, and your male servants and your female servants and the Levite who is inside your gates, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you.
  13Take heed to yourself that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every place that you see;
  14but in the place that Yahweh will choose in one of your tribes, there you must offer your burnt offerings and there you must do all that I command you.
 

Slaughtering Animals for Food

15“Notwithstanding, you may kill and eat flesh inside all your gates after all the desire of your soul, according to the blessing of Yahweh your God that he has given to you: the unclean and the clean may eat of it, as of the gazelle and as of the stag.
  16Only you must not eat the blood; you are to pour it out on the earth as water.
  17You may not eat inside your gates the tithe of your grain or of your new wine or of your oil or the firstborn of your herd or of your flock, nor any of your vows that you vow, nor your freewill offerings, nor the wave offering of your hand;
  18but you must eat them before Yahweh your God in the place that Yahweh your God will choose, you and your son and your daughter and your male servant and your female servant and the Levite who is inside your gates, and you are to rejoice before Yahweh your God in all that you put your hand to.
  19Take heed to yourself that you do not forsake the Levite as long as you live in your land.
 

20“When Yahweh your God enlarges your territory as he has promised you and you say, ‘I want to eat meat,’ because your soul desires to eat meat, you may eat meat according to all the desire of your soul.
  21If the place that Yahweh your God will choose to put his name there is too far from you, then you may kill of your herd and of your flock that Yahweh has given to you, as I have commanded you, and you may eat inside your gates after all the desire of your soul.
  22Even as the gazelle and as the stag is eaten, so you may eat of it; the unclean and the clean may eat of it alike.
  23Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life; and you must not eat the life with the flesh.
  24You must not eat it; you are to pour it out on the earth as water.
  25You are not to eat it, that it may go well with you and with your children after you when you will do what is right in the eyes of Yahweh.
 

26“Only your holy things that you have and your vows, you are to take and go to the place that Yahweh will choose;
  27and you are to offer your burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, on the altar of Yahweh your God, and the blood of your sacrifices is to be poured out on the altar of Yahweh your God and you may eat the flesh.
  28Observe and hear all these words that I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever when you do what is good and right in the eyes of Yahweh your God.
 

Warning Against Idolatry

29“When Yahweh your God cuts off the nations from before you where you are going in to dispossess them, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land,
  30take heed to yourself that you not be ensnared to follow them after that they are destroyed from before you, and that you not inquire of their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods? I will do likewise.’
  31You must not do so to Yahweh your God, for every abomination to Yahweh that he hates have they done to their gods; for even their sons and their daughters do they burn in the fire to their gods.
  32Whatever thing I command you, that you must be careful to do; do not add to it or take away from it.”
 


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