1Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron and said to them, 2'Speak to the Israelites and say: "Of al animals living on land these are the creatures you may eat: 3"You may eat any animal that has a cloven hoof, divided into two parts, and that is a ruminant. 4The fol owing, which either chew the cud or have a cloven hoof, are the ones that you may not eat: youwil regard the camel as unclean, because though it is ruminant, it does not have a cloven hoof; 5you wil regard the coney as unclean, because though it is ruminant, it does not have a cloven hoof; 6you wil regard the hare as unclean, because though it is ruminant, it does not have a cloven hoof; 7you wil regard the pig as unclean, because though it has a cloven hoof, divided into two parts, it is nota ruminant. 8You will not eat the meat of these or touch their dead bodies; you wil regard them as unclean. 9"Of al that lives in water, these you may eat: "Anything that has fins and scales, and lives in the water, whether in sea or river, you may eat. 10But anything in sea or river that does not have fins and scales, of al the smal water-creatures and althe living things found there, you wil regard as detestable. 11You wil regard them as detestable; you must not eat their meat and you wil regard their carcases asdetestable. 12Anything that lives in water, but not having fins and scales, you wil regard as detestable. 13"Of the birds these are the ones that you wil regard as detestable; they may not be eaten, they aredetestable for eating: "The tawny vulture, the griffon, the osprey, 14the kite, the various kinds of buzzard, 15all kinds of raven, 16the ostrich, the screech owl, the seagul , the various kinds of hawk, 17horned owl, night owl, cormorant, barn owl, 18ibis, pelican, white vulture, 19stork, the various kinds of heron, the hoopoe and the bat. 20"Al winged insects moving on four feet you wil regard as detestable for eating. 21Of al these winged insects you may eat only the fol owing: those with the sort of legs above their feetwhich enable them to leap over the ground. 22These are the ones you may eat: the various kinds of migratory locust, the various kinds of solhamlocust, hargol locust and hagab locust. 23But al other winged insects on four feet you wil regard as detestable for eating. 24"By the fol owing you wil be made unclean. Anyone who touches the carcase of one wil be uncleanuntil evening. 25Anyone who picks up their carcases must wash his clothing and wil be unclean until evening. 26Animals that have hoofs, but not cloven, and that are not ruminant, you wil regard as unclean;anyone who touches them will be unclean. 27Those four-footed animals which walk on the flat of their paws you wil regard as unclean; anyonewho touches their carcases wil be unclean until evening, 28and anyone who picks up their carcases must wash his clothing and wil be unclean until evening.You will regard them as unclean. 29"Of the smal creatures which crawl along the ground, these are the ones which you wil regard asunclean: the mole, the rat, the various kinds of lizard: 30gecko, koah, letaah, chameleon and tinshamet. 31"Of al the smal creatures, these are the animals which you must regard as disgusting. Anyone whotouches them when they are dead will be unclean until evening. 32"Any object on which one of these creatures fal s when it is dead becomes unclean: wooden utensil,clothing, skin, sacking, any utensil whatever. It must be immersed in water and wil remain unclean until evening:then it wil be clean. 33If the creature fal s into an earthenware vessel, the vessel must be broken; whatever the vesselcontains is unclean. 34Any edible food wil be unclean if the water touches it; any drinkable liquid will be unclean, no matterwhat its container. 35Anything on which the carcase of such a creature may fal wil be unclean: be it oven or stove, it mustbe destroyed; for they are unclean and you wil regard them as unclean 36(although springs, wel s and stretches of water wil remain clean); anyone who touches one of theircarcases wil be unclean. 37If one of their carcases fal s on any kind of seed, the seed will remain clean; 38but if the seed has been moistened and one of their carcases fal s on it, you wil regard it as unclean. 39"If one of the animals that you use as food dies, anyone who touches the carcase wil be unclean untilevening; 40anyone who eats any of the carcase must wash his clothing and will remain unclean until evening;anyone who picks up the carcase must wash his clothing and wil remain unclean until evening. 41"Any creature that swarms on the ground is detestable for eating; it must not be eaten. 42Anything that moves on its bel y, anything that moves on four legs or more -- in short all the creaturesthat swarm on the ground -- you will not eat, since they are detestable. 43Do not make yourselves detestable with al these swarming creatures; do not defile yourselves withthem, do not be defiled by them. 44For it is I, Yahweh, who am your God. You have been sanctified and have become holy because I amholy: do not defile yourselves with all these creatures that swarm on the ground. 45Yes, it is I, Yahweh, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God: you must therefore be holybecause I am holy." ' 46Such is the law concerning animals, birds, al living creatures that move in water and al creaturesthat swarm on the ground. 47Its purpose is to distinguish the clean from the unclean, the creatures that may be eaten from thosethat may not be eaten.
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