Deuteronomy 12
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Laws of the Sanctuary

1“These are the statutes and the judgments which you shall carefully [a]follow in the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess [b]as long as you live on the [c]earth. 2You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you are going to dispossess serve their gods, on the high mountains, on the hills, and under every leafy tree. 3And you shall tear down their altars and smash their memorial stones to pieces, and burn their [d]Asherim in the fire, and cut to pieces the carved images of their gods; and you shall eliminate their name from that place. 4You shall not act this way toward the LORD your God. 5But you shall seek the LORD at the place which the LORD your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and you shall come there. 6You shall bring there your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the [e]contribution of your hand, your vowed offerings, your [f]voluntary offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. 7There you and your households shall eat before the LORD your God, and rejoice in all [g]your undertakings in which the LORD your God has blessed you.

8“You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, everyone doing whatever is right in his own eyes; 9for you have not as yet come to the resting place and the inheritance which the LORD your God is giving you. 10When you cross the Jordan and live in the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and He gives you rest from all your enemies around you so that you live in security, 11then it shall come about that the place in which the LORD your God will choose for His name to dwell, there you shall bring everything that I command you: your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the [h]contribution of your hand, and all your choice vowed offerings which you will vow to the LORD. 12And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your sons and daughters, your male and female slaves, and the Levite who is within your gates, since he has no portion or inheritance with you.

13“Be careful that you do not offer your burnt offerings in any cultic place that you see, 14but only in the place which the LORD chooses in one of your tribes: there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do everything that I command you.

15“However, you may slaughter and eat meat within any of your gates, [i]whatever you desire, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you; the unclean and the clean alike may eat it, as the gazelle and the deer. 16Only you shall not eat the blood; you are to pour it out on the ground like water. 17You are not allowed to eat within your gates the tithe of your grain, new wine, or oil, or the firstborn of your herd or flock, or any of your vowed offerings which you vow, or your [j]voluntary offerings, or the [k]contribution of your hand. 18But you shall eat them before the LORD your God in the place which the LORD your God will choose, you and your son and daughter, and your male and female slaves, and the Levite who is within your gates; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God in all [l]your undertakings. 19Be careful that you do not abandon the Levite [m]as long as you live in your land.

20“When the LORD your God extends your border as He has [n]promised you, and you say, ‘I will eat meat,’ because [o]you desire to eat meat, then you may eat meat, [p]whatever you desire. 21If the place where the LORD your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, then you may slaughter animals from your herd and flock which the LORD has given you, as I have commanded you; and you may eat within your gates [q]whatever you desire. 22Just as a gazelle or a deer is eaten, so you may eat it; the unclean and the clean alike may eat it. 23Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the [r]life, and you shall not eat the [s]life with the flesh. 24You shall not eat it; you shall pour it out on the ground like water. 25You shall not eat it, so that it may go well for you and your sons after you, since you will be doing what is right in the sight of the LORD. 26Only your holy things which you may have and your vowed offerings, you shall take and go to the place which the LORD chooses. 27And you shall offer your burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, on the altar of the LORD your God; and the blood of your sacrifices shall be poured out on the altar of the LORD your God, and you shall eat the flesh.

28“Be careful and listen to all these words which I am commanding you, so that it may go well for you and your sons after you forever, for you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.

29“When the LORD your God cuts off from you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and live in their land, 30be careful that you are not ensnared [t]to follow them, after they are destroyed from your presence, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’ 31You shall not behave this way toward the LORD your God, because every abominable act which the LORD hates, they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire for their gods.

32[u]Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take anything away from it.



[a] 1 Lit perform
[b] 1 Lit all the days
[c] 1 Lit ground
[d] 3 I.e., wooden symbols of a female deity (Asherah)
[e] 6 Or uplifted offering
[f] 6 Or freewill offerings
[g] 7 Lit the putting forth of your hand
[h] 11 Or uplifted offering
[i] 15 Lit in every desire of your soul
[j] 17 Or freewill offerings
[k] 17 Or uplifted offering
[l] 18 Lit the putting forth of your hand
[m] 19 Lit all your days upon your land
[n] 20 Lit spoken to
[o] 20 Lit your soul desires
[p] 20 Lit in every desire of your soul
[q] 21 Lit in every desire of your soul
[r] 23 Lit soul
[s] 23 Lit soul
[t] 30 Lit after them
[u] 32 Lit Everything that

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