Dont Mourn like Other Nations
Animals That Can Be Eaten
- 1 Moses said:
- People of Israel, you are
the Lords children, so when you mourn for the dead, you
must not cut yourselves or shave your forehead. 2 Out of all
the nations on this earth, the Lord your God chose you to be
his own. You belong to the Lord, so dont behave like those
who worship other gods.
3 Dont eat any disgusting animals.
Give the Lord Ten Percent of Your Harvest
4 You may eat the meat of cattle, sheep,
and goats; wild sheep and goats; and gazelles, antelopes, and
all kinds of deer. 6 It is all right to eat meat from any animals
that have divided hoofs and also chew the cud.
7 But dont eat camels, rabbits,
and rock badgers. These animals chew the cud but do not have divided
hoofs. You must treat them as unclean. 8 And dont eat pork,
since pigs have divided hoofs, but they do not chew their cud.
Dont even touch a dead pig!
9 You can eat any fish that has fins and
scales. But there are other creatures that live in the water,
10 and if they do not have fins and scales, you must not eat them.
Treat them as unclean.
11 You can eat any clean bird. 12 But
dont eat the meat of any of the following birds: eagles,
vultures, falcons, kites, ravens, ostriches, owls, sea gulls,
hawks, pelicans, ospreys, cormorants, storks, herons, and hoopoes.
You must not eat bats. 19 Swarming insects are unclean, so dont
eat them. 20 However, you are allowed to eat certain kinds of
21 You belong to the Lord your God, so
if you happen to find a dead animal, dont eat its meat.
You may give it to foreigners who live in your town or sell it
to foreigners who are visiting your town.
- Moses said:
- Dont boil a young goat in its mothers milk.
- 22 People of Israel, every year you
must set aside ten percent of your grain harvest. 23 Also set
aside ten percent of your wine and olive oil, and the first-born
of every cow, sheep, and goat. Take these to the place where
the Lord chooses to be worshiped, and eat them there. This will
teach you to always respect the Lord your God.
24 But suppose you cant carry that
ten percent of your harvest to the place where the Lord chooses
to be worshiped. If you live too far away, or if the Lord gives
you a big harvest, 25 then sell this part and take the money
there instead. 26 When you and your family arrive, spend the
money on food for a big celebration. Buy cattle, sheep, goats,
wine, beer, and if there are any other kinds of food that you
want, buy those too. 27 And since people of the Levi tribe wont
own any land for growing crops, remember to ask the Levites to
celebrate with you.
28 Every third year,
instead of using the ten percent of your harvest for a big celebration,
bring it into town and put it in a community storehouse. 29 The
Levites have no land of their own, so you must give them food
from the storehouse. You must also give food to the poor who
live in your town, including orphans, widows, and foreigners.
If they have enough to eat, then the Lord your God will be pleased
and make you successful in everything you do.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible
Selected texts provided for use with the Hypertext Bible Commentary