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Deuteronomy 14 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Ceremonially Clean and Unclean Animals
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:1 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:2 - You 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.
(Lev 11:1–47 )
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:3 - “You must not eat any detestable animals that are ceremonially unclean.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:4 - These are the animals[fn] 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 addax, the antelope, and the mountain sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:6 - “You may eat any animal that has completely split hooves and chews the cud,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:7 - but if the animal doesn’t have both, it may not be eaten. So you may not eat the camel, the hare, or the hyrax.[fn] They chew the cud but do not have split hooves, so they are ceremonially unclean for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:8 - And 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:9 - “Of all the marine animals, you may eat whatever has both fins and scales.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:10 - You may not, however, eat marine animals that do not have both fins and scales. They are ceremonially unclean for you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:11 - “You may eat any bird that is ceremonially clean.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:12 - These are the birds you may not eat: the griffon vulture, the bearded vulture, the black vulture,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:13 - the kite, the falcon, buzzards of all kinds,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:14 - ravens of all kinds,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:15 - the eagle owl, the short-eared owl, the seagull, hawks of all kinds,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:16 - the little owl, the great owl, the barn owl,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:17 - the desert owl, the Egyptian vulture, the cormorant,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:18 - the stork, herons of all kinds, the hoopoe, and the bat.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:19 - “All winged insects that walk along the ground are ceremonially unclean for you and may not be eaten.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:20 - But you may eat any winged bird or insect that is ceremonially clean.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:21 - “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 Tithes
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:22 - “You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:23 - Bring 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:24 - “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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:25 - If 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:26 - When 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:27 - And do not neglect the Levites in your town, for they will receive no allotment of land among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:28 - “At the end of every third year, bring the entire tithe of that year’s harvest and store it in the nearest town.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 14:29 - Give 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.
NLT Footnotes
The identification of some of the animals and birds listed in this chapter is uncertain.
Or coney, or rock badger.

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