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in the land of the Chananites, whose dwelling is to the westward, adjoining Golgol, near the lofty oak? for you are going

to cross the Jordan. 31 When you have gone in, to possess the land which the

Lord our God giveth you for a perpetual possession, and you shall dwell therein, be careful to perform all his command

ments, and all these judgments, which I this day lay before you. XII. Now these are the commandments, and the judgments, which

you shall be careful to execute, in the land which the Lord the God of your fathers giveth you for a possession, all

the days you live in the land. 2 You shall utterly destroy all those places, in which they

whom you succeed, have worshipped their gods, on the lofty 3 mountains, and on the hills, and under every shady tree. You

shall level their mounts, and break in pieces their pillars, and cut down their groves, and burn the graven images of their gods with fire, so that their name may be destroyed out of that place.

You shall not do to the Lord your God, in the manner they 5 have done; but you shall seek out and come to the place,

which the Lord thy God shall make choice of, in one of your 6 cities, to put his name there, and to be invoked; and to that

place you shall bring your whole burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your oblations, and your vows, and your free will offerings, and your thank offerings, and the firstlings of your

herds, and flocks; and you shall eat there before the Lord your 7 God, and rejoice with your households, for all your possessions,

and the labours of your hands, as the Lord thy God hath blessed 8 thee. You shall not do all that we do here at this day; every 9 one what is agreeable in his own sight; for till now you have

not come to the rest, and to the inheritance which the Lord 10 your God giveth you: but when you cross the Jordan, and

dwell in the land which the Lord our God giveth you for a possession—when he shall give you rest from all your enemies

round about, and you shall dwell in safety, then there shall be 11 a place, wherever the Lord thy God shall chuse, for his name

to be invoked. To that place you shall bring all that I this day command you, your whole burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and

your tenths, and the oblations of your hands, and the choice

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12 of all your gifts which you may vow to the Lord your God; and

you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you, and your sons, and your daughters, and your men servants, and your

maid servants, and the Levite who is at your gates, because he .13 hath no portion nor inheritance with you. Take heed to thy

self, that thou offer not thy whole burnt offerings in every place 14 which thou mayst see; but only in the place which the Lord

thy God shall make choice of, in one of thy tribes. There you

shall offer your whole burnt offerings, and there you shall do 15 all that I this day command you. Nevertheless, to satisfy thy

desire, thou mayst kill and eat flesh, in every city, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God, which he hath given thee. The unclean with thee, and the clean, may eat it together, as

you now do a roebuck or a deer; but you must not eat the 16 blood: that you shall pour on the ground like water. Thou 17 shalt not be at liberty to eat, in thy cities, the tythe of thy corn,

and of thy wine, and thine oil, nor the firstlings of thy herds,

and thy flocks, nor any of thy vows, which you shall make, nor 18 your thank offerings, nor the oblations of thy hands. These

thou shalt eat no where but before the Lord, in the place which the Lord thy God shall chuse for himself; thou, and thy son,

and thy daughter, thy man servant, and thy maid servant, and 19 the stranger who is in thy cities. And when thou shalt rejoice

before the Lord thy God, for all thy possessions and all the

labours of thy hand, take heed to thyself, that thou neglect not 20 the Levite, as long as thou livest in the land. And when the

Lord thy God hath enlarged thy borders, as he hath said to thee, if thou shalt say, I will eat flesh; if thy soul desireth to

eat flesh; thou mayst, to satisfy the longing of thy soul, eat 21 Aesh: and if the place, which the Lord thy God may have cho

sen for his name to be invoked, be far from thee, thou mayst slay, in the manner I have commanded thee, some of thy herd

or thy flock, which God hath given thee, and eat in thy cities, 22 according to the longing of thy soul. As the roebuck and the

deer is eaten so thou shalt eat it. The unclean and the clean 23 may alike eat it. But be very cautious not to eat blood. For 24 his blood is life. Life must not be eaten with the flesh. You 25 must not eat it. You must pour it out on the ground, like wa.

ter. Thou shalt not eat it, that it may be well with thee, and

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26 thy children after thee. If thou wouldst do what is good, and

well pleasing in the sight of the Lord thy God, over and above thy hallowed things, if any thou hast; thou shalt take thy vows,

and come to the place which the Lord thy God may have cho27 sen for his name to be there invoked, and having offered thy

whole burnt offerings, thou shalt offer up the flesh at the altar of the Lord thy God, and pour out the blood of thy own sacri. fices against the base of the altar of the Lord thy God, and eat

the flesh of these. 28 Observe and hear, that thou mayst do all the things which

I command thee, that it may be well with thee, and with thy

children after thee for ever. 29 When thou hast donc what is well pleasing and good in the

sight of the Lord thy God; and when the Lord thy God shall

have driven out from before thee the nations, to which thou 30 art going, to take possession of their land, and thou shalt

sess it, and dwell therein, take heed to thyself that thou seek not to follow them after they are driven out from before thee,

saying, How did these nations sacrifice to their gods? I will sa. 31 crifice in like manner. Thou shalt not do so to thy God; for

they sacrificed to their gods the abominations of the Lord, which he hated; for they burned their sons, and their daughters, with

fire, to their gods. 32 Be careful to do every thing which I this day command XIII. you. Thou shalt not add to it, nor diminish from it. If a

prophet should start up among you, or a dreamer of dreams, 2 and give thee a sign or a wonder; and the sign or the wonder

should come to pass, which he mentioned to thee saying, Let 3 us go and worship other gods which you do not know; you

shall not hearken to the words of that prophet, or of that dreamer of dreams; for the Lord thy God trieth you, to know whether you love your God with your whole heart, and with

, your 4 whole soul. You shall follow the Lord your God, and fear him, 5 and hearken to his voice, and cleave to him. And that prophet,

or that dreamer, shall be put to death; for he hath spoken to lead thee astray from the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, who redeemed thee from bondage-to

put thee out of the way in which the Lord thy God commanded 6 thee to walk, So thou shalt remove evil from among you. And

if thy brother, the son of thy father, or of thy mother, or thine own son, or daughter, or the wife in thy bosom, or a friend

who is as thine own soul, speak privately to thee saying, Let us 7

go and serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known any of the gods of the nations around you, of

those near thee, or those far distant from thee, from one end 8 of the earth to the other; thou shalt not consent, nor hearken to

him; neither shall thine eye pity him, nor shalt thou spare him, 9 nor conceal bim. Thou shalt surely inform against him, and

thy hands shall be upon him, among the foremost, to kill him, 10 and afterwards the hands of the whole people. And they shall

stone him with stones, and he shall be put to death, because he sought to make thee apostatise from the Lord thy God, who

brought thee out of the land of Egypt-out of the house of 11 bondage. So all Israel will hear, and be afraid, and no more 12 proceed to do any such wickedness as this among you. And

if thou shalt hear it said, that in one of the cities, which the 13 Lord thy God giveth thee to dwell in, there are wicked men

gone forth among you, who have seduced all the inhabitants of

their land, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which you 14 know not; thou shalt examine, and make inquiry, and search

diligently: And behold, if the report is evidently true, and 15 such abomination hath been committed among you; thou shalt

surely destroy all the inhabitants of that land, with the slaugh

ter of the sword. With an Anathema thou shalt devote to de. 16 struction, it and all that are in it. And thou shalt collect all the

spoils of it into the streets thereof, and burn with fire the city,

and all the spoils thereof, with all the inhabitants, in the sight 17 of the Lord thy God. And it shall be uninhabited for ever. It

shall never be rebuilt any more; nor shall any thing of what is devoted to destruction cleave to thy hand, that the Lord may turn from the fierceness of his wrath, and shew thee mercy,

and have compassion on thee, and multiply thee, in the man18 ner he solemnly promised thy fathers, if thou wilt hearken to

the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments which I this day command you—to do what is comely and well

pleasing in the sight of the Lord thy God. XIV. You are the children of the Lord your God; you shall

not make a baldness between your eyes for the dead.

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2 Because thou art a people dedicated to the Lord thy God,

and the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people

to himself, above all the nations on the face of the earth, you shall 3 not eat any abomination. These are the beasts which you shall 4 eat, young beeves, and sheep, and goats, deer and roebucks, and 5 the pygarg, and oryx, and camelopardal—every beast which 6 parteth the hoof, dividing it into two distinct hoofs, and which 7 cheweth the cud; these among the cattle you may eat. But of

those which chew the cud, and of those which part not the hoof, dividing it into two distinct hoofs, these you shall not eat—the camel, and the hairy foot, and the choirogryllus. Because though

they chew the cud they do not part the hoof, they are unclean 8 to you—the swine also, because, though it parteth the hoof

and divideth it into distinct hoofs, yet it doth not chew the

cud, it is unclean to you. You shall not eat their flesh, nor 9 touch their dead carcasses. And of all that are in the water,

these you may eat. You may eat all that have fins and scales. 10 But all that have not fins and scales, you shall not eat; they are 11 unclean to you. Every clean fowl you may eat; now these are

they which you shall not eat—the eagle and the ospray, and the cormorant, and the vulure, and the kite, and all of its species; the ostrich, and the owl, and the gull, and the heron, and the swan, and the ibis, and cataractes, and the hawk, and all of its species; and the puet, and the night hawk, and the pe

lican, and the charadrius, and all of its species; and the por19 phurion, and the bat. All the creeping things which fly are un20 clean to you. You shall not eat any of them. Every flying 21 thing, which is clean, you may eat. Every thing which dieth

of itself you shall not eat. It may be given to the stranger, who is in thy cities, and he may eat it, or thou mayst sell it to the stranger.

Because thou art a people dedicated to the Lord thy God, thou shalt not boil a lamb in the milk of its dam. 22 Thou shalt set apart the tenth of all the increase of thy 23 seed, the product of thy field year after year; and this thou

shalt eat in the place which the Lord thy God sball chuse, for his name to be there invoked. Thither you shall bring the tenths of thy corn, and of thy wine, and thine oil and the firstlings of thy kine, and of thy flocks, that thou mayst learn to

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