Lev11-Clean and Unclean Animals 


The Lord (to Moses and Aaron): Speak this to the children of Israel.

These are the beasts which you shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth, beasts that have a parted hoof and are cloven-footed and chew the cud.

Beasts that are unclean:

Camel – chews the cud, but does not have a divided hoof; he is unclean.

Coney – chews the cud, but does not have a divided hoof; he is unclean.

Hare – chews the cud, but does not have a divided hoof; he is unclean.

Swine/pig – has a divided hoof and is clovenfooted, but does not chew the cud; he is unclean. Do not eat their flesh, or touch their carcase; they are unclean.

Beasts that walk on their paws are unclean.

Of all the animals that are in the waters eat only those that have fins and scales. All that do not have fins and scales shall be an abomination to you. You shall not eat of their flesh.

Of all the fowl which are an abomination, you shall not be eat:

the eagle

the ossifrage

the ospray

the vulture

the kite after his kind

every raven after his kind

the owl

the night hawk

the cuckow

the hawk after his kind

the little owl

the cormorant

the great owl

the swan

the pelican, and

the gier eagle

the stork

the heron after her kind

the lapwing

the bat.

All fowl that creep, going on all four.

You may eat of every flying creeping thing that goes on all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap on the earth:

the locust after his kind

the bald locust after his kind

the beetle after his kind

the grasshopper after his kind

All other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination to you. Whatever goes on the belly, that creeps on the earth, them you shall not eat.

Of all among the creeping things that creep on the earth, these are unclean to you:

the weasel

the mouse

the tortoise after his kind

the ferret

the chameleon

the lizard

the snail

the mole

Anyone who touches the unclean creatures, when they are dead, shall be unclean until the evening. And he who carries the carcase of them shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening.

(Vs 32-44 states specific instructions pertaining to the carcase touching various items.)

I am the Lord your God, you shall therefore sanctify yourselves; and you shall be holy, for I am holy… I am the Lord that brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God.

This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moves in the waters, and of every creature that creeps on the earth: To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten.


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