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L e v itic u s
Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Give the following instructions
to the people of Israel.
“Of all the land animals, these are the ones you may use for food. You
may eat any animal that has completely split hooves and chews the cud.
You may not, however, eat the following animals that have split hooves or
that chew the cud, but not both. The camel chews the cud but does not
have split hooves, so it is ceremonially unclean for you. The hyrax chews
the cud but does not have split hooves, so it is unclean. The hare chews
the cud but does not have split hooves, so it is unclean. The pig has evenly
split hooves but does not chew the cud, so it is unclean. You may not eat
the meat of these animals or even touch their carcasses. They are ceremonially unclean for you.
“Of all the marine animals, these are ones you may use for food. You may
eat anything from the water if it has both fins and scales, whether taken
from salt water or from streams. But you must never eat animals from the
sea or from rivers that do not have both fins and scales. They are detestable
to you. This applies both to little creatures that live in shallow water and
to all creatures that live in deep water. They will always be detestable to
you. You must never eat their meat or even touch their dead bodies. Any
marine animal that does not have both fins and scales is detestable to you.
“These are the birds that are detestable to you. You must never eat them:
the griffon vulture, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, the kite, falcons
of all kinds, ravens of all kinds, the eagle owl, the short-eared owl, the
seagull, hawks of all kinds, the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl,
the barn owl, the desert owl, the Egyptian vulture, the stork, herons of all
kinds, the hoopoe, and the bat.
“You must not eat winged insects that walk along the ground; they are
detestable to you. You may, however, eat winged insects that walk along
the ground and have jointed legs so they can jump. The insects you are
permitted to eat include all kinds of locusts, bald locusts, crickets, and
grasshoppers. All other winged insects that walk along the ground are detestable to you.
“The following creatures will make you ceremonially unclean. If any of
you touch their carcasses, you will be defiled until evening. If you pick up
their carcasses, you must wash your clothes, and you will remain defiled
“Any animal that has split hooves that are not evenly divided or that
does not chew the cud is unclean for you. If you touch the carcass of such
an animal, you will be defiled. Of the animals that walk on all fours, those
that have paws are unclean. If you touch the carcass of such an animal,