Deuteronomy 12:1-Deuteronomy 26:19 - Detailed Stipulations: Purity And Unity
1 These are the ordinances and laws which ye shall observe to do in the land which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, as long as ye live upon the earth. 2 See that ye destroy all places where the nations which ye conquer serve their gods, upon high mountains and on high hills and under every green tree. 3 Overthrow their altars and break their pillars and burn their groves with fire and hew down the images of their gods, and bring the names of them to nought out of that place. 4 See ye do not so unto the LORD your God; 5 but ye shall enquire the place which the LORD your God shall have chosen out of all your tribes to put his name there and there to dwell. 6 And thither thou shalt come, and thither ye shall bring your burnt sacrifices and your offerings, your tithes and heave offerings of your hands, your vows and free will offerings and thy first born of your oxen and of your sheep. 7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye lay your hands on, both ye and your households, because the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.
8 Ye shall do after nothing that we do here this day - every man what seemeth him good in his own eyes - 9 for ye are not yet come to rest nor unto the inheritance which the LORD your God giveth you. 10 But ye shall go over Jordan and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and he shall give you rest from all your enemies round about: and ye shall dwell in safety. 11 Therefore, when the LORD your God hath chosen a place to make his name dwell there, thither ye shall bring all that I command you: your burnt sacrifices and your offerings, your tithes and the heave offerings of your hands and all your godly vows which ye vow unto the LORD. 12 And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, both ye, your sons and your daughters, your servants and your maids and the Levite that is within your gates for he hath neither part nor inheritance with you. 13 Take heed that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in whatsoever place thou seest: 14 but in the place which the LORD shall have chosen among one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.
15 Notwithstanding, thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy cities, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee both the unclean and the clean mayest thou eat, even as the roe and the hart: 16 only eat not the blood, but pour it upon the earth as water. 17 Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine and of thy oil, either the firstborn of thine oxen or of thy sheep, neither any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings or heave offerings of thine hands: 18 but thou must eat them before the LORD thy God, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen: both thou, thy son and thy daughter, thy servant and thy maid and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, in all that thou puttest thine hand to. 19 And beware that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.
20 If, when the LORD thy God hath enlarged thy coasts as he hath promised thee, thou say, 'I will eat flesh, because thy soul longeth to eat flesh': then thou shalt eat flesh, whatsoever thy soul lusteth. 21 If the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to put his name there be too far from thee, then thou mayest kill of thy oxen and of thy sheep which the LORD hath given thee as I have commanded thee, and thou mayest eat in thine own city whatsoever thy soul lusteth. 22 Neverthelater, as the roe and the hart is eaten, even so thou shalt eat it: the unclean and the clean indifferently thou shalt eat. 23 But be strong that thou eat not the blood. For the blood, that is the life: and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh: 24 thou mayest not eat it, but must pour it upon the earth as water. 25 See thou eat it not, therefore, that it may go well with thee and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt have done that which is right in the sight of the LORD.
26 But thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou shalt take and go unto the place which the LORD hath chosen, 27 and thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, both flesh and blood upon the altar of the LORD thy God, and the blood of thine offerings thou shalt pour out upon the altar of the LORD thy God, and shalt eat the flesh. 28 Take heed and hear all these words which I command thee that it may go well with thee and with thy children after thee forever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.
29 When the LORD thy God hath destroyed the nations before thee, whither thou goest to conquer them, and when thou hast conquered them, and dwelt in their lands: 30 Beware that thou be not taken in a snare after them, after that they be destroyed before thee, and that thou ask not after their gods saying, 'How did these nations serve their gods, that I may do so likewise?' 31 Nay, thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for all abominations which the LORD hated did they unto their gods. For they burnt both their sons and their daughters with fire unto their gods. 32 But whatsoever I command you, that take heed ye do: and put nought thereto, nor take ought therefrom.
1 If there arise among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and give thee a sign or a wonder - 2 and that sign or wonder which he hath said come to pass - and then say, 'Let us go after strange gods which thou hast not known, and let us serve them': 3 hearken not unto the words of that prophet or dreamer of dreams. For the LORD thy God tempteth you, to wete whether ye love the LORD your God with all your hearts and with all your souls. 4 For ye must walk after the LORD your God and fear him and keep his commandments and hearken unto his voice and serve him and cleave unto him. 5 And that prophet or dreamer of dreams shall die for it, because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God which brought you out of the land of Egypt and delivered you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in: and so thou shalt put evil away from thee.
6 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thine own son or thy daughter or the wife that lieth in thy bosom or thy friend which is as thine own soul unto thee, entice thee secretly, saying, 'Let us go and serve strange gods which thou hast not known nor yet thy fathers, 7 of the gods of the people which are round about thee, whether they be nigh unto thee or far off from thee, from the one end of the land unto the other': 8 see thou consent not unto him nor hearken unto him. No, let not thine eye pity him nor have compassion on him, nor keep him secret, but cause him to be slain. 9 Thine hand shall be first upon him to kill him; and then the hands of all the people. 10 And thou shalt stone him with stones that he die, because he hath gone about to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God which brought thee out of Egypt, the house of bondage. 11 And all Israel shall hear and fear and shall do no more, and such wickedness as this is, among them.
12 If thou shalt hear say of one of thy cities which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell in, 13 that certain being the children of Belial are gone out from among you and have moved the inhabiters of their city, saying, 'Let us go and serve strange gods which ye have not known.' 14 Then seek and make search and enquire diligently. If it be true, and the thing of a surety that such abomination is wrought among you: 15 then thou shalt smite the dwellers of that city with the edge of the sword, and destroy it merciless and all that is therein, and even the very cattle thereof with the edge of the sword. 16 And gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the streets thereof, and burn with fire: both the city and all the spoil thereof every whit unto the LORD thy God. And it shall be a heap forever and shall not be built again. 17 And see that there cleave nought of the damned thing in thine hand, that the LORD may turn from his fierce wrath and show thee mercy and have compassion on thee and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers: 18 when thou hast hearkened unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day so that thou do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD thy God.
1 Ye are the children of the LORD your God; cut not yourselves nor make you any baldness between the eyes for any man's death. 2 For thou art a holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a several people unto himself, of all the nations that are upon the earth.
6 And all beasts that cleave the hoof, and slit it into two claws and chew the cud, them ye shall eat. 7 Nevertheless, these ye shall not eat of them that chew cud and of them that divide and cleave the hoof: the camel, the hare and the coney. For they chew cud, but divide not the hoof: and therefore are unclean unto you: 8 and also the swine, for though he divide the hoof, yet he cheweth not cud, and therefore is unclean unto you. Ye shall not eat of the flesh of them nor touch the dead carcasses of them.
9 These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: All that have fins and scales. 10 And whatsoever hath not fins and scales, of that ye may not eat, for that is unclean unto you. 11 Of all clean birds ye shall eat, 12 but these are they of which ye may not eat: the eagle, the goshawk, the cormorant, 13 the ixion, the vulture, the kite and her kind, 14 and all kind of ravens, 15 the ostrich, the nightcrow, the cuckoo, the sparrowhawk and all her kind, 16 the little owl, the great owl, the back, 17 the bittern, the pye, 18 the stork, the heron, the jay in his kind, the lapwing, the swallow.
21 Ye shall eat of nothing that dieth alone: But thou mayest give it unto the stranger that is in thy city that he eat it, or mayest sell it unto an Alien. For thou art a holy people unto the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
22 Thou shalt tithe all the increase of thy seed that cometh out of the field year by year. 23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he hath chosen to make his name dwell there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine and of thine oil, and the firstborn of thine oxen and of thy flock that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. 24 If the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it, because the place is too far from the which the LORD thy God hath chosen to set his name there - for the LORD thy God hath blessed thee - 25 then make it in money and take the money in thine hand, and go unto the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen, 26 and bestow that money on whatsoever thy soul lusteth after: on oxen, sheep, wine and good drink, and on whatsoever thy soul desireth, and eat there before the LORD thy God and be merry: both thou, and thine household, 27 and the Levite that is in thy city. See thou forsake not the Levite, for he hath neither part nor inheritance with thee.
28 At the end of three years, thou shalt bring forth all the tithes of thine increase the same year and lay it up within thine own city, 29 and the Levite shall come because he hath neither part nor inheritance with thee, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow which are within thy city, and shall eat and fill themselves: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the works of thine hand which thou doest.
1 At the end of seven years thou shalt make a free year. 2 And this is the manner of the free year: whosoever lendeth ought with his hand unto his neighbour, may not ask again that which he hath lent, of his neighbour or of his brother: because it is called the LORD's free year, 3 yet of a stranger thou mayest call it home again. But that which thou hast with thy brother thine hand shall remit,
4 and that in any wise, that there be no beggar among you. For the LORD shall bless the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, an inheritance, to possess it: 5 so that thou hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and do all these commandments which I command you this day. 6 Yea, and then the LORD thy God shall bless thee as he hath promised thee, and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and shalt borrow of no man, and shalt reign over many nations, but none shall reign over thee.
7 When one of thy brethren among you is waxed poor in any of thy cities within thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, see that thou harden not thine heart nor shut to thine hand from thy poor brother: 8 But open thine hand unto him and lend him sufficient for his need which he hath. 9 And beware that there be not a point of Belial in thine heart, that thou wouldest say, 'The seventh year, the year of freedom is at hand,' and therefore it grieve thee to look on thy poor brother and givest him nought and he then cry unto the LORD against thee and it be sin unto thee. 10 But give him, and let it not grieve thine heart to give. Because that for that thing, the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works and in all that thou puttest thine hand to. 11 For the land shall never be without poor. Wherefore I command thee, saying, 'Open thine hand unto thy brother that is needy and poor in thy land.'
12 If thy brother, an Hebrew, sell himself to thee, or an Hebrewess, he shall serve thee six years and the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. 13 And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: 14 but shalt give him of thy sheep and of thy corn and of thy wine, and give him of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee. 15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God delivered thee thence: wherefore I command thee this thing today. 16 But and if he say unto thee, 'I will not go away from thee,' because he loveth thee and thine house and is well at ease with thee: 17 Then take an awl and nail his ear to the door therewith and let him be thy servant forever, and unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise. 18 And let it not grieve thine eyes to let him go out from thee, for he hath been worth a double hired servant to thee in his service six years. And the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest.
19 All the firstborn that come of thine oxen and of thy sheep that are males, thou shalt hallow unto the LORD thy God. Thou shalt do no service with the firstborn of thy sheep: 20 but shalt eat them before the LORD thy God year by year in the place which the LORD hath chosen, both thou and thine household. 21 If there be any deformity therein, whether it be lame or blind or whatsoever evil favouredness it hath, thou shalt not offer it unto the LORD thy God: 22 But shalt eat it in thine own city, the unclean and the clean indifferently, as the roe and the hart.