1You are the children of Yahweh your God: you shall not
cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.
2For you are a holy people to Yahweh your God, and Yahweh has chosen you
to be a people for his own possession, above all peoples who are on the face
of the earth.
3You shall not eat any abominable thing.
4These are the
animals which you may eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat,
hart, and the gazelle, and the roebuck, and the wild goat, and the ibex, and
the antelope, and the chamois.
6Every animal that parts the hoof, and has
the hoof cloven in two, and chews the cud, among the animals, that
may you eat.
7Nevertheless these you shall not eat of them that
chew the cud, or of those who have the hoof cloven: the camel, and the hare,
and the rabbit; because they chew the cud but don’t part the hoof, they are
unclean to you.
8The pig, because it has a split hoof but doesn’t chew
the cud, is unclean to you: of their flesh you shall not eat, and their
carcasses you shall not touch.
9These you may eat of all that
are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales may you eat;
whatever doesn’t have fins and scales you shall not eat; it is unclean
11Of all clean birds you may eat.
12But these are they
of which you shall not eat: the eagle, and the vulture, and the
13and the red kite, and the falcon, and the kite after its kind,
14and every raven after its kind,
15and the ostrich, and the
owl, and the seagull, and the hawk after its kind,
owl, and the great owl, and the horned owl,
17and the pelican, and the
vulture, and the cormorant,
18and the stork, and the heron after its
kind, and the hoopoe, and the bat.
19All winged creeping things are
unclean to you: they shall not be eaten.
20Of all clean birds you
21You shall not eat of anything that dies of itself: you
may give it to the foreigner living among you who is within your gates, that
he may eat it; or you may sell it to a foreigner: for you are a holy people
to Yahweh your God. You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.
shall surely tithe all the increase of your seed, that which comes forth from
the field year by year.
23You shall eat before Yahweh your God, in the
place which he shall choose, to cause his name to dwell there, the tithe of
your grain, of your new wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd
and of your flock; that you may learn to fear Yahweh your God always.
24If the way be too long for you, so that you are not able to carry it,
because the place is too far from you, which Yahweh your God shall choose, to
set his name there, when Yahweh your God shall bless you;
you turn it into money, and bind up the money in your hand, and shall go to
the place which Yahweh your God shall choose:
26and you shall bestow the
money for whatever your soul desires, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or
for strong drink, or for whatever your soul asks of you; and you shall eat
there before Yahweh your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your household.
27The Levite who is within your gates, you shall not forsake him; for he
has no portion nor inheritance with you.
28At the end of every three
years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase in the same year,
and shall lay it up within your gates:
29and the Levite, because he has
no portion nor inheritance with you, and the foreigner living among you, and
the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your gates, shall come, and
shall eat and be satisfied; that Yahweh your God may bless you in all the
work of your hand which you do.