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Go to Commentary on Deut 14
Clean and Unclean Food

1“You are the sons of Yahweh your God: do not cut yourselves nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.
  2For you are a holy people to Yahweh your God, and Yahweh has chosen you to be a people for his own possession above all peoples who are on the face of the earth.

3“You must not eat any abominable thing.
  4These are the animals that you may eat:

 the ox, the sheep and the goat,

 5 the stag and the gazelle and the roebuck,

 and the wild goat and the ibex,

 and the antelope and the chamois.


6“Every animal that parts the hoof and has the hoof cloven in two and chews the cud among the animals, that may you eat.
  7Nevertheless these you are not to eat of them that chew the cud, or of those who have the hoof cloven:

 the camel and the hare and the rabbit;

 because they chew the cud but do not part the hoof,

 they are unclean to you.

 8 The pig, because it has a split hoof but doesn’t chew the cud,

 is unclean to you.

“Of their flesh you must not eat and their carcasses you must not touch.

9“These you may eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales may you eat,
  10and whatever doesn’t have fins and scales you may not eat; it is unclean to you.

11“Of all clean birds you may eat.
  12But these are they of which you may not eat:

 the eagle,

 and the vulture and the osprey,

 13 and the red kite and the falcon

 and the kite after its kind,

 14 and every raven after its kind,

 15 and the ostrich and the owl

 and the seagull

 and the hawk after its kind,

 16 the little owl and the great owl and the horned owl

 17 and the pelican and the vulture and the cormorant

 18 and the stork,

 and the heron after its kind,

 and the hoopoe and the bat.


19“All winged creeping things are unclean to you: they may not be eaten.
  20Of all clean birds you may eat.

21“You are not to eat of anything that dies of itself; you may give it to the foreigner living among you who is inside your gates, that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner; for you are a holy people to Yahweh your God. You must not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

A Tenth for Yahweh

22“You are to tithe, yes, tithe all the produce from your seed-sowing; of that which comes forth from the field year after year.
  23You are to eat before Yahweh your God in the place that he will choose to cause his name to dwell there, the tithe of your grain, of your new wine and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock, that you may learn to fear Yahweh your God always.
  24If the way is too long for you so that you are not able to carry it because the place is too far from you that Yahweh your God will choose to set his name there when Yahweh your God will bless you,
  25then you are to turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand, and are to go to the place that Yahweh your God will choose;
  26and you may bestow the money for whatever your soul desires, for cattle or for sheep or for wine or for beer, or for whatever your soul asks of you, and you are to eat there before Yahweh your God and you are to rejoice, you and your household.
  27The Levite who is inside your gates, you must not forsake him, for he has no portion nor inheritance with you.

28“At the end of every three years you are to bring forth all the tithe of your increase in the same year and are to lay it up inside your gates:
  29and the Levite, because he has no portion nor inheritance with you, and the foreigner living among you, and the fatherless and the widow who are inside your gates, may come and eat and be satisfied, that Yahweh your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.”

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