(A)You shall not eat any detestable thing. (B)These are the animals which you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, [a]the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope and the mountain sheep. Any animal that divides the hoof and has the hoof split in [b]two and [c]chews the cud, among the animals, that you may eat. Nevertheless, you are not to eat of these among those which [d]chew the cud, or among those that divide the hoof in [e]two: the camel and the [f]rabbit and the [g]shaphan, for though they [h]chew the cud, they do not divide the hoof; they are unclean for you. The pig, because it divides the hoof but does not chew the cud, it is unclean for you. You shall not eat any of their flesh nor touch their carcasses.

“These you may eat of all that are in water: anything that has fins and scales you may eat, 10 but anything that does not have fins and scales you shall not eat; it is unclean for you.

11 “You may eat any clean bird. 12 But (C)these are the ones which you shall not eat: the [i]eagle and the vulture and the [j]buzzard, 13 and the red kite, the falcon, and the kite in their kinds, 14 and every raven in its kind, 15 and the ostrich, the owl, the sea gull, and the hawk in their kinds, 16 the little owl, the [k]great owl, the white owl, 17 the pelican, the carrion vulture, the cormorant, 18 the stork, and the heron in their kinds, and the hoopoe and the bat. 19 And all the [l]teeming life with wings are unclean to you; they shall not be eaten. 20 You may eat any clean bird.

21 (D)You shall not eat anything which dies of itself. You may give it to the alien who is in your [m]town, so that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner, for you are (E)a holy people to the Lord your God. (F)You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

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  1. Deuteronomy 14:5 Exact identification of these animals is uncertain
  2. Deuteronomy 14:6 Lit two hoofs
  3. Deuteronomy 14:6 Lit brings up
  4. Deuteronomy 14:7 Lit brings up
  5. Deuteronomy 14:7 Lit a cleaving
  6. Deuteronomy 14:7 Or hare
  7. Deuteronomy 14:7 A small, shy, furry animal (Hyrax syriacus) found in the peninsula of the Sinai, northern Israel, and the region round the Dead Sea; KJV coney, orig NASB rock-badger
  8. Deuteronomy 14:7 Lit brings up
  9. Deuteronomy 14:12 Or vulture
  10. Deuteronomy 14:12 Or black vulture
  11. Deuteronomy 14:16 Or great horned owl
  12. Deuteronomy 14:19 I.e. flying insects
  13. Deuteronomy 14:21 Lit gates

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