1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying to them, 2 “Speak to
the children of Israel, saying, ‘These are the living things which you
may eat among all the animals that are on the earth. 3 Whatever parts the
hoof, and is cloven-footed, and chews the cud among the animals, that
you may eat.
4 “‘Nevertheless these you shall not eat of those that chew the cud,
or of those who part the hoof: the camel, because he chews the cud but
doesn’t have a parted hoof, he is unclean to you. 5 The coney, because he
chews the cud but doesn’t have a parted hoof, he is unclean to you. 6 The
hare, because she chews the cud but doesn’t part the hoof, she is unclean to
you. 7 The pig, because he has a split hoof, and is cloven-footed, but
doesn’t chew the cud, he is unclean to you. 8 Of their flesh you
shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch; they are unclean
9 These you may eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins
and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, that you may
eat. 10 All that don’t have fins and scales in the seas, and in the
rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of all the living creatures that
are in the waters, they are an abomination to you, 11 and you detest
them. You shall not eat of their flesh, and you shall detest their
carcasses. 12 Whatever has no fins nor scales in the waters, that is an
abomination to you.
13 “‘These you shall detest among the birds; they shall not be eaten,
they are an abomination: the eagle, and the vulture, and the black vulture,
14 and the red kite, any kind of black kite, 15 any kind of raven,
16 the horned owl, the screech owl, and the gull, any kind of hawk,
17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18 the white owl, the
desert owl, the osprey, 19 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe, and
20 “‘All flying insects that walk on all fours are an abomination to you.
21 Yet you may eat these: of all winged creeping things that go on
all fours, which have legs above their feet, with which to hop on the earth.
22 Even of these you may eat: any kind of locust, any kind of
katydid, any kind of cricket, and any kind of grasshopper. 23 But all
winged creeping things which have four feet, are an abomination to you.
24 “‘By these you will become unclean: whoever touches the carcass of
them shall be unclean until the evening. 25 Whoever carries any part of
their carcass shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the evening.
26 “‘Every animal which parts the hoof, and is not cloven-footed, nor
chews the cud, is unclean to you. Everyone who touches them shall be unclean.
27 Whatever goes on its paws, among all animals that go on all fours, they
are unclean to you. Whoever touches their carcass shall be unclean until the
evening. 28 He who carries their carcass shall wash his clothes, and be
unclean until the evening. They are unclean to you.
29 “‘These are they which are unclean to you among the creeping things
that creep on the earth: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard,
30 the gecko, and the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink, and the
chameleon. 31 These are they which are unclean to you among all that
creep. Whoever touches them when they are dead, shall be unclean until the
evening. 32 On whatever any of them falls when they are dead, it shall be
unclean; whether it is any vessel of wood, or clothing, or skin, or sack,
whatever vessel it is, with which any work is done, it must be put into
water, and it shall be unclean until the evening; then it will be clean.
33 Every earthen vessel, into which any of them falls, all that is in it
shall be unclean, and you shall break it. 34 All food which may be
eaten, that on which water comes, shall be unclean; and all drink that may be
drunk in every such vessel shall be unclean. 35 Everything whereupon part
of their carcass falls shall be unclean; whether oven, or range for pots, it
shall be broken in pieces: they are unclean, and shall be unclean to you.
36 Nevertheless a spring or a cistern in which water is a gathered shall
be clean: but that which touches their carcass shall be unclean. 37 If
part of their carcass falls on any sowing seed which is to be sown, it is
clean. 38 But if water is put on the seed, and part of their carcass falls
on it, it is unclean to you.
39 “‘If any animal, of which you may eat, dies; he who touches its
carcass shall be unclean until the evening. 40 He who eats of its carcass
shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the evening. He also who carries
its carcass shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the evening.
41 “‘Every creeping thing that creeps on the earth is an abomination. It
shall not be eaten. 42 Whatever goes on its belly, and whatever goes on
all fours, or whatever has many feet, even all creeping things that creep on
the earth, them you shall not eat; for they are an abomination.
43 You shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing
that creeps, neither shall you make yourselves unclean with them, that
you should be defiled thereby. 44 For I am Yahweh your God. Sanctify
yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am holy: neither shall you
defile yourselves with any kind of creeping thing that moves on the earth.
45 For I am Yahweh who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your
God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
46 “‘This is the law of the animal, and of the bird, and of every living
creature that moves in the waters, and of every creature that creeps on the
earth, 47 to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and
between the living thing that may be eaten and the living thing that may not
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