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Leviticus 11 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:1 - The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:2 - “Say to the Israelites: ‘Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat:

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:3 - You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:4 - “ ‘There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:5 - The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:6 - The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:7 - And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:8 - You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:9 - “ ‘Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:10 - But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to regard as unclean.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:11 - And since you are to regard them as unclean, you must not eat their meat; you must regard their carcasses as unclean.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:12 - Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be regarded as unclean by you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:13 - “ ‘These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle,[fn] the vulture, the black vulture,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:14 - the red kite, any kind of black kite,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:15 - any kind of raven,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:16 - the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:17 - the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:18 - the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:19 - the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:20 - “ ‘All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be regarded as unclean by you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:21 - There are, however, some flying insects that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:22 - Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:23 - But all other flying insects that have four legs you are to regard as unclean.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:24 - “ ‘You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:25 - Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:26 - “ ‘Every animal that does not have a divided hoof or that does not chew the cud is unclean for you; whoever touches the carcass of any of them will be unclean.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:27 - Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:28 - Anyone who picks up their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. These animals are unclean for you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:29 - “ ‘Of the animals that move along the ground, these are unclean for you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:30 - the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:31 - Of all those that move along the ground, these are unclean for you. Whoever touches them when they are dead will be unclean till evening.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:32 - When one of them dies and falls on something, that article, whatever its use, will be unclean, whether it is made of wood, cloth, hide or sackcloth. Put it in water; it will be unclean till evening, and then it will be clean.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:33 - If one of them falls into a clay pot, everything in it will be unclean, and you must break the pot.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:34 - Any food you are allowed to eat that has come into contact with water from any such pot is unclean, and any liquid that is drunk from such a pot is unclean.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:35 - Anything that one of their carcasses falls on becomes unclean; an oven or cooking pot must be broken up. They are unclean, and you are to regard them as unclean.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:36 - A spring, however, or a cistern for collecting water remains clean, but anyone who touches one of these carcasses is unclean.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:37 - If a carcass falls on any seeds that are to be planted, they remain clean.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:38 - But if water has been put on the seed and a carcass falls on it, it is unclean for you.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:39 - “ ‘If an animal that you are allowed to eat dies, anyone who touches its carcass will be unclean till evening.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:40 - Anyone who eats some of its carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. Anyone who picks up the carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:41 - “ ‘Every creature that moves along the ground is to be regarded as unclean; it is not to be eaten.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:42 - You are not to eat any creature that moves along the ground, whether it moves on its belly or walks on all fours or on many feet; it is unclean.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:43 - Do not defile yourselves by any of these creatures. Do not make yourselves unclean by means of them or be made unclean by them.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:44 - I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:45 - I am the LORD, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:46 - “ ‘These are the regulations concerning animals, birds, every living thing that moves about in the water and every creature that moves along the ground.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 11:47 - You must distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten.’ ”
NIV Footnotes
The precise identification of some of the birds, insects and animals in this chapter is uncertain.

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