Deuteronomy 14
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1“Since you are the people of the LORD your God, never cut yourselves or shave the hair above your foreheads in mourning for the dead.1"You are children of the LORD your God. You must not lacerate yourselves or shave your foreheads on account of the dead,
2You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.2because you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD chose to make you his precious possession from among all the peoples of the earth."
3“You must not eat any detestable animals that are ceremonially unclean.3"You must not eat any detestable food.
4These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat,4These are the animals that you may eat: ox, sheep, goat,
5the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the addax, the antelope, and the mountain sheep.5deer, gazelle, roebuck, wild goat, ibex, antelope, and mountain sheep.
6“You may eat any animal that has completely split hooves and chews the cud,6You may eat every animal with a divided hoof—those with split cloven hooves—that chews the cud.
7but if the animal doesn’t have both, it may not be eaten. So you may not eat the camel, the hare, or the hyrax. They chew the cud but do not have split hooves, so they are ceremonially unclean for you.7However, you must not eat these animals that chew the cud or have a divided hoof: the camel, hare, and rock badger. Even though they chew the cud, their hooves are not divided. Therefore they are unclean for you.
8And you may not eat the pig. It has split hooves but does not chew the cud, so it is ceremonially unclean for you. You may not eat the meat of these animals or even touch their carcasses.8And also the pig, because even though its hoof is divided, it does not chew the cud. It is therefore unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or even touch their carcasses.
9“Of all the marine animals, you may eat whatever has both fins and scales.9"You may choose to eat from these creatures in the water: you may eat anything with fin and scale,
10You may not, however, eat marine animals that do not have both fins and scales. They are ceremonially unclean for you.10but you may not eat anything without fin and scale, since it is unclean to you.
11“You may eat any bird that is ceremonially clean.11"You may eat all clean birds.
12These are the birds you may not eat: the griffon vulture, the bearded vulture, the black vulture,12But you must not eat from any of these: the eagle, vulture, osprey,
13the kite, the falcon, buzzards of all kinds,13buzzard, any kind of kite,
14ravens of all kinds,14any kind of raven,
15the eagle owl, the short-eared owl, the seagull, hawks of all kinds,15the ostrich, night hawk, seagull, any kind of falcon,
16the little owl, the great owl, the barn owl,16the little owl, the great owl, the horned owl,
17the desert owl, the Egyptian vulture, the cormorant,17the pelican, the carrion vulture, the cormorant,
18the stork, herons of all kinds, the hoopoe, and the bat.18the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe, and the bat.
19“All winged insects that walk along the ground are ceremonially unclean for you and may not be eaten.19Any winged, swarming insect is unclean to you. They must not be eaten.
20But you may eat any winged bird or insect that is ceremonially clean.20You may eat every bird that is clean.
21“You must not eat anything that has died a natural death. You may give it to a foreigner living in your town, or you may sell it to a stranger. But do not eat it yourselves, for you are set apart as holy to the LORD your God. “You must not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk. The Giving of Tithes21"You must not eat any carcass. But you may give it to the alien in your cities so he may eat it or sell it to a foreigner, for you are a holy people to the LORD your God. "You must not cook a young goat in its mother's milk."
22“You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.22"Be sure to tithe annually from everything you plant that yields a harvest in the field.
23Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the LORD your God chooses for his name to be honored—and eat it there in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the LORD your God.23Then in the presence of the LORD your God, in the place where he'll choose to establish his name, you may consume the tithe of your grain, your new wine, your oil, and the firstborn of your livestock and flock, so that you'll learn to revere the LORD your God all your life.
24“Now when the LORD your God blesses you with a good harvest, the place of worship he chooses for his name to be honored might be too far for you to bring the tithe.24Now the way may be distant from you, so that you are unable to transport your tithe because you have been blessed by the LORD your God and the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish his name may be distant from you.
25If so, you may sell the tithe portion of your crops and herds, put the money in a pouch, and go to the place the LORD your God has chosen.25In that case, convert it into cash, secure the money, and then bring it to the place where the LORD will choose.
26When you arrive, you may use the money to buy any kind of food you want—cattle, sheep, goats, wine, or other alcoholic drink. Then feast there in the presence of the LORD your God and celebrate with your household.26You may spend the money to your heart's content to buy livestock, flocks, wine, strong drink, and whatever you desire. You and your household may eat there and rejoice in the presence of the LORD your God."
27And do not neglect the Levites in your town, for they will receive no allotment of land among you.27"But you must not forget the descendant of Levi in your town because there is no tribal allotment for him as there is for you.
28“At the end of every third year, bring the entire tithe of that year’s harvest and store it in the nearest town.28Every third year, bring all the tithes of your produce of that year and store it in your cities
29Give it to the Levites, who will receive no allotment of land among you, as well as to the foreigners living among you, the orphans, and the widows in your towns, so they can eat and be satisfied. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all your work.29so the descendants of Levi—who have no tribal allotment as you do—foreigners, orphans, and widows who live in your cities may come, eat, and be satisfied. That way, the LORD your God shall bless you in everything you do."
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Deuteronomy 13
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