1 Ye are the children of HaShem your G-d: ye shall not cut
yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.
2 For thou art a holy people unto HaShem thy G-d, and HaShem
hath chosen thee to be His own treasure out of all peoples that are upon the
face of the earth.
3 Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing.
4 These are the beasts which ye may eat: the ox, the sheep,
and the goat,
5 the hart, and the gazelle, and the roebuck, and the wild
goat, and the pygarg, and the antelope, and the mountain-sheep.
6 And every beast that parteth the hoof, and hath the hoof
wholly cloven in two, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that ye may eat.
7 Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that only chew
the cud, or of them that only have the hoof cloven: the camel, and the hare, and
the rock-badger, because they chew the cud but part not the hoof, they are
unclean unto you;
8 and the swine, because he parteth the hoof but cheweth not
the cud, he is unclean unto you; of their flesh ye shall not eat, and their
carcasses ye shall not touch.
9 These ye may eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever
hath fins and scales may ye eat;
10 and whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye shall not eat;
it is unclean unto you.
11 Of all clean birds ye may eat.
12 But these are they of which ye shall not eat: the great
vulture, and the bearded vulture, and the ospray;
13 and the glede, and the falcon, and the kite after its
14 and every raven after its kinds;
15 and the ostrich, and the night-hawk, and the sea-mew, and
the hawk after its kinds;
16 the little owl, and the great owl, and the horned owl;
17 and the pelican, and the carrion-vulture, and the
18 and the stork, and the heron after its kinds, and the
hoopoe, and the bat.
19 And all winged swarming things are unclean unto you; they
shall not be eaten.
20 Of all clean winged things ye may eat.
21 Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself; thou
mayest give it unto the stranger that is within thy gates, that he may eat it;
or thou mayest sell it unto a foreigner; for thou art a holy people unto HaShem
thy G-d. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in its mother's milk.
22 Thou shalt surely tithe all the increase of thy seed, that
which is brought forth in the field year by year.
23 And thou shalt eat before HaShem thy G-d, in the place
which He shall choose to cause His name to dwell there, the tithe of thy corn,
of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herd and of thy flock;
that thou mayest learn to fear HaShem thy G-d always.
24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not
able to carry it, because the place is too far from thee, which HaShem thy G-d
shall choose to set His name there, when HaShem thy G-d shall bless thee;
25 then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money
in thy hand, and shalt go unto the place which HaShem thy G-d shall choose.
26 And thou shalt bestow the money for whatsoever thy soul
desireth, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for
whatsoever thy soul asketh of thee; and thou shalt eat there before HaShem thy
G-d, and thou shalt rejoice, thou and thy household.
27 And the Levite that is within thy gates, thou shalt not
forsake him; for he hath no portion nor inheritance with thee.
28 At the end of every three years, even in the same year,
thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase, and shall lay it up
within thy gates.
29 And the Levite, because he hath no portion nor inheritance
with thee, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within
thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that HaShem thy G-d may
bless thee in all the work of thy hand which thou doest.
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
JPS Electronic Edition Copyright © 1998 by Larry Nelson, All Rights Reserved