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Deuteronomy 14 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Clean and Unclean Food

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:1 - You are the children of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:2 - for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.
(Lev 11:1–47 )
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:3 - Do not eat any detestable thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:4 - These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:5 - the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope and the mountain sheep.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:6 - You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:7 - However, of those that chew the cud or that have a divided hoof you may not eat the camel, the rabbit or the hyrax. Although they chew the cud, they do not have a divided hoof; they are ceremonially unclean for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:8 - The pig is also unclean; although it has a divided hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:9 - Of all the creatures living in the water, you may eat any that has fins and scales.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:10 - But anything that does not have fins and scales you may not eat; for you it is unclean.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:11 - You may eat any clean bird.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:12 - But these you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:13 - the red kite, the black kite, any kind of falcon,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:14 - any kind of raven,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:15 - the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:16 - the little owl, the great owl, the white owl,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:17 - the desert owl, the osprey, the cormorant,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:18 - the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:19 - All flying insects are unclean to you; do not eat them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:20 - But any winged creature that is clean you may eat.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:21 - Do not eat anything you find already dead. You may give it to the foreigner residing in any of your towns, and they may eat it, or you may sell it to any other foreigner. But you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.


Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:22 - Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:23 - Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:24 - But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the LORD your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the LORD will choose to put his Name is so far away),
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:25 - then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the LORD your God will choose.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:26 - Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:27 - And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:28 - At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:29 - so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
NIV Footnotes
The precise identification of some of the birds and animals in this chapter is uncertain.

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