Leviticus - Chapter 11
2 'Speak to the Israelites and say: "Of all animals living on land these are the creatures you may eat:
4 The following, which either chew the cud or have a cloven hoof, are the ones that you may not eat: you will regard the camel as unclean, because though it is ruminant, it does not have a cloven hoof;
5 you will regard the coney as unclean, because though it is ruminant, it does not have a cloven hoof;
6 you will regard the hare as unclean, because though it is ruminant, it does not have a cloven hoof;
7 you will regard the pig as unclean, because though it has a cloven hoof, divided into two parts, it is not a ruminant.
10 But anything in sea or river that does not have fins and scales, of all the small water-creatures and all the living things found there, you will regard as detestable.
12 Anything that lives in water, but not having fins and scales, you will regard as detestable.
13 "Of the birds these are the ones that you will regard as detestable; they may not be eaten, they are detestable for eating: "The tawny vulture, the griffon, the osprey,
20 "All winged insects moving on four feet you will regard as detestable for eating.
23 But all other winged insects on four feet you will regard as detestable for eating.
29 "Of the small creatures which crawl along the ground, these are the ones which you will regard as unclean: the mole, the rat, the various kinds of lizard:
31 "Of all the small creatures, these are the animals which you must regard as disgusting. Anyone who touches them when they are dead will be unclean until evening.
32 "Any object on which one of these creatures falls when it is dead becomes unclean: wooden utensil, clothing, skin, sacking, any utensil whatever. It must be immersed in water and will remain unclean until evening: then it will be clean.
37 If one of their carcases falls on any kind of seed, the seed will remain clean;
38 but if the seed has been moistened and one of their carcases falls on it, you will regard it as unclean.
39 "If one of the animals that you use as food dies, anyone who touches the carcase will be unclean until evening;
42 Anything that moves on its belly, anything that moves on four legs or more -- in short all the creatures that swarm on the ground -- you will not eat, since they are detestable.
45 Yes, it is I, Yahweh, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God: you must therefore be holy because I am holy." '
46 Such is the law concerning animals, birds, all living creatures that move in water and all creatures that swarm on the ground.
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