Complete devotion to the Lord
1You are the LORD’s children. Don’t cut yourselves and don’t shave your foreheads for the dead, 2because you are a people holy to the LORD your God. You are the ones whom the LORD selected to be his own, to be a treasured people out of all other people on earth.
3Don’t eat any detestable thing. 4Here’s a list of animals you are allowed to eat: ox, sheep, goat, 5deer, gazelle, roebuck, wild goat, ibex, antelope, and mountain sheep. 6You are also allowed to eat any animal with a divided hoof—the hoof being divided into two parts—and that rechews food among the various kinds of animals. 7However, here’s a list of animals that either rechew food or have hooves divided in two parts that you are not allowed to eat:
the camel, the hare, and the rock badger—because these rechew food but don’t have divided hoofs, they are off-limits for you;
8and the pig—because it has a divided hoof but doesn’t rechew food, it’s off-limits for you.
You may not eat these animals’ meat, and you must not touch their carcasses.
9Here’s a list of the water animals you are allowed to eat: you can eat anything that has fins and scales. 10But you aren’t allowed to eat anything that lacks scales or fins. These are off-limits for you.
11You are allowed to eat any clean bird. 12Here’s a list of those you are not allowed to eat: the eagle, the vulture, the osprey, 13the red kite, the black kite, and any kind of bird of prey, 14any kind of raven, 15the ostrich, the nighthawk, the seagull, any kind of hawk, 16the small owl and the large owl, the water hen, 17the desert owl, the carrion vulture, the cormorant, 18the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe, and the bat.#The species of many of the birds in 14:12-18 is uncertain.
19Also, all winged insects are off-limits for you. They are not to be eaten. 20Any clean winged creature can be eaten, however.
21You must not eat any decayed animal flesh because you are a people holy to the LORD your God. You can give decayed animal flesh to the immigrants who live in your cities, and they can eat it; or you can sell it to foreigners.
Don’t cook a lamb in its own mother’s milk.
22You must reserve a tenth part of whatever your fields produce each year. 23Eat the tenth part of your grain, wine, oil, oldest offspring of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God in the location he selects for his name to reside so that you learn to fear the LORD your God at all times. 24But if the trip is too long, because the location the LORD your God has selected to put his name is far away from where you live so that you can’t transport the tenth part—because the LORD your God will certainly bless you—25then you can convert it to money. Take the money with you and go to the location the LORD your God selects. 26Then you can use the money for anything you want: cattle, sheep, wine, beer, or whatever else you might like. Then you should feast there and celebrate in the presence of the LORD your God, along with your entire household. 27Only make sure not to neglect the Levites who are living in your cities because they don’t have a designated inheritance like you do.
28Every third year you must bring the tenth part of your produce from that year and leave it at your city gates. 29Then the Levites, who have no designated inheritance like you do, along with the immigrants, orphans, and widows who live in your cities, will come and feast until they are full. Do this so that the LORD your God might bless you in everything you do.