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you will be defiled until evening. If you pick up its carcass, you must wash
your clothes, and you will remain defiled until evening. These animals are
unclean for you.
“Of the small animals that scurry along the ground, these are unclean for
you: the mole rat, the rat, large lizards of all kinds, the gecko, the monitor
lizard, the common lizard, the sand lizard, and the chameleon. All these
small animals are unclean for you. If any of you touch the dead body of
such an animal, you will be defiled until evening. If such an animal dies
and falls on something, that object will be unclean. This is true whether
the object is made of wood, cloth, leather, or burlap. Whatever its use, you
must dip it in water, and it will remain defiled until evening. After that, it
will be ceremonially clean and may be used again.
“If such an animal falls into a clay pot, everything in the pot will be
defiled, and the pot must be smashed. If the water from such a container
spills on any food, the food will be defiled. And any beverage in such a container will be defiled. Any object on which the carcass of such an animal
falls will be defiled. If it is an oven or hearth, it must be destroyed, for it is
defiled, and you must treat it accordingly.
“However, if the carcass of such an animal falls into a spring or a cistern,
the water will still be clean. But anyone who touches the carcass will be
defiled. If the carcass falls on seed grain to be planted in the field, the seed
will still be considered clean. But if the seed is wet when the carcass falls
on it, the seed will be defiled.
“If an animal you are permitted to eat dies and you touch its carcass,
you will be defiled until evening. If you eat any of its meat or carry away
its carcass, you must wash your clothes, and you will remain defiled until
“All small animals that scurry along the ground are detestable, and you
must never eat them. This includes all animals that slither along on their
bellies, as well as those with four legs and those with many feet. All such
animals that scurry along the ground are detestable, and you must never
eat them. Do not defile yourselves by touching them. You must not make
yourselves ceremonially unclean because of them. For I am the Lord your
God. You must consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. So
do not defile yourselves with any of these small animals that scurry along
the ground. For I, the Lord, am the one who brought you up from the
land of Egypt, that I might be your God. Therefore, you must be holy
because I am holy.
“These are the instructions regarding land animals, birds, marine creatures, and animals that scurry along the ground. By these instructions you
will know what is unclean and clean, and which animals may be eaten and
which may not be eaten.”