The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 12:13–28

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13  Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt-offerings in every place that thou seest;

13  Take care that you do not offer your holocausts in any place that you see.

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14  but in the place which YHWH shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt-offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.

14  save in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, in one of thy tribes, there shall ye offer your whole-burnt-offerings, and there shalt thou do all things whatsoever I charge thee this day.

14  Instead, you shall offer sacrifices in the place which the Lord will choose within one of your tribes, and you shall do whatsoever I instruct you.

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15  Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh within all thy gates, after all the desire of thy soul, according to the blessing of YHWH thy God which He hath given thee; the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the gazelle, and as of the hart.

15  So, if you wish to eat, and if the eating of flesh pleases you, then kill and eat according to the blessing of the Lord your God, which he has given to you, in your cities: you may eat it whether it is unclean, that is, having blemish or defect, or whether it is clean, that is, whole and without blemish, of the kind which is permitted to be offered, such as the roe deer and the stag.

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16  Only ye shall not eat the blood; thou shalt pour it out upon the earth as water.

16  Only the blood you shall not eat. Instead, you shall pour it upon the ground like water.

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17  Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thine oil, or the firstlings of thy herd or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill-offerings, nor the offering of thy hand;

17  You may not eat in your towns the tithes of your crops, and your wine and oil, the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, nor anything which you will vow, or which you will offer spontaneously, nor the first-fruits of your hands.

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18  but thou shalt eat them before YHWH thy God in the place which the YHWH thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, and the Levite that is within thy gates; and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thy hand unto.

18  But you shall eat these before the Lord your God, in the place which the Lord your God will choose: you, and your son, and your daughter, and your man servant and woman servant, and the Levite who dwells in your cities. And you shall rejoice and be refreshed in the sight of the Lord your God by all the things to which you will extend your hand.

18  But you must eat them before the LORD your God yearly at the place which the LORD your God shall choose, you and your son and your daughter and your manservant and your maidservant and the Levite that is within your towns; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God in all that you put your hand to.

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19  Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon thy land.

19  Be careful, lest you abandon the Levite, at anytime while you are living in the land.

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20  When YHWH thy God shall enlarge thy border, as He hath promised thee, and thou shalt say: 'I will eat flesh', because thy soul desireth to eat flesh; thou mayest eat flesh, after all the desire of thy soul.

20  When the Lord your God will have enlarged your borders, just as he has spoken to you, and when you would eat the flesh that your soul desires,

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21  If the place which YHWH thy God shall choose to put His name there be too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the YHWH hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat within thy gates, after all the desire of thy soul.

21  but if the place which the Lord your God will choose, so that his name may be there, is far away, you may kill, from your herds and your flocks which you will have, in the manner I have instructed to you, and you may eat in your towns, as it pleases you.

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22  Howbeit as the gazelle and as the hart is eaten, so thou shalt eat thereof; the unclean and the clean may eat thereof alike.

22  Just as the roe deer and the stag may be eaten, so also may you eat these: you may eat both the clean and the unclean alike.

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23  Only be stedfast in not eating the blood; for the blood is the life; and thou shalt not eat the life with the flesh.

23  Only beware of this: you may not eat the blood. For their blood is for the soul. And because of this, you must not eat the soul with the flesh.

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24  Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it out upon the earth as water.

24  Instead, you shall pour it upon the ground like water,

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25  Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the eyes of YHWH.

25  so that it may be well with you, and with your sons after you, when you will do what is pleasing in the sight of the Lord.

25  You shall not eat it; that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, when you shall do that which is right in the sight of the LORD your God.

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26  Only thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which YHWH shall choose;

26  But thou shalt take thy holy things, if thou hast any, and thy vowed-offerings, and come to the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to have his name named upon it.

26  But the things that you have sanctified and vowed to the Lord, you shall take up and bring to the place which the Lord will choose.

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27  and thou shalt offer thy burnt-offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of YHWH thy God; and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out against the altar of the YHWH thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.

27  And thou shalt sacrifice thy whole-burnt-offerings, thou shalt offer the flesh upon the altar of the Lord thy God; but the blood of thy sacrifices thou shalt pour out at the foot of the altar of the Lord thy God, but the flesh thou shalt eat.

27  And you shall offer your oblations of flesh and of blood upon the altar of the Lord your God. You shall poor out the blood of your victims upon the altar. And you yourself shall eat the flesh.

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28  Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the eyes of YHWH thy God.

28  Observe and heed all the things that I instruct to you, so that it may be well with you, and with your sons after you, continually, when you will do what is good and pleasing in the sight of the Lord your God.