The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 15:19–23

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19  All the firstling males that are born of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto YHWH thy God; thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thine ox, nor shear the firstling of thy flock.

19  Every first-born that shall be born among thy kine and thy sheep, thou shalt sanctify the males to the Lord thy God; thou shalt not work with thy first-born calf, and thou shalt not shear the first-born of thy sheep.

19  Of the firstborn, those born from your herds and sheep, you shall sanctify to the Lord your God whatever is of the male sex. You shall not put the firstborn of the oxen to work, nor shall you shear the firstborn of the sheep.

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20  Thou shalt eat it before YHWH thy God year by year in the place which the YHWH shall choose, thou and thy household.

20  In the sight of the Lord your God, you shall eat these, each year, in the place which the Lord will choose, you and your household.

20  You shall eat a firstling before the LORD your God year by year in the place which the LORD shall choose, you and your household;

21  And if there be any blemish therein, lameness, or blindness, any ill blemish whatsoever, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto YHWH thy God.

21  But if it has a blemish, or is lame, or is blind, or if it is in any part deformed or debilitated, it shall not be immolated to the Lord your God.

21  And if there is any blemish in it, or it is lame or blind, or have any ill blemish, you shall not sacrifice it to the LORD your God.

22  Thou shalt eat it within thy gates; the unclean and the clean may eat it alike, as the gazelle, and as the hart.

22  Instead, you shall eat it within the gates of your city. The clean as well as the unclean alike shall feed on these, such as the roe deer and the stag.

22  But you shall eat it within your towns; the unclean and the clean shall eat of it alike, as a gazelle, and as the hart.

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23  Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour it out upon the ground as water.