Deuteronomy 14: Clean and Unclean Food
Deuteronomy: Part 14 of 34
Clean and Unclean Food
1 You are the children of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead,
You’ve already told them to cut themselves. What else is a circumcision if not a ‘cut’?
2 for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.
Shaggy possessions, and let’s not forget the word ‘possession’ there either. He owns you. You are his slaves.
3 Do not eat any detestable thing.
4 These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat,
5 the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope and the mountain sheep.
6 You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud.
7 However, of those that chew the cud or that have a divided hoof you may not eat the camel, the rabbit or the hyrax. Although they chew the cud, they do not have a divided hoof; they are ceremonially unclean for you.
Why is that? Just as an example, what is wrong with the rabbit? I’ve eaten many and they are quite nice to eat. Cooked right, it is as good as any other meat.
8 The pig is also unclean; although it has a divided hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses.
Again, what is wrong with the pig? Pork is good.
9 Of all the creatures living in the water, you may eat any that has fins and scales.
10 But anything that does not have fins and scales you may not eat; for you it is unclean.
11 You may eat any clean bird.
12 But these you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture,
13 the red kite, the black kite, any kind of falcon,
14 any kind of raven,
15 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk,
16 the little owl, the great owl, the white owl,
17 the desert owl, the osprey, the cormorant,
18 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.
Laws with no reasons behind them are just restraints upon freedom.
19 All flying insects are unclean to you; do not eat them.
Nothing wrong with a cricket lightly sauteed in garlic and butter with a sprinkle of salt. Mmmmm.
20 But any winged creature that is clean you may eat.
21 Do not eat anything you find already dead. You may give it to the foreigner residing in any of your towns, and they may eat it, or you may sell it to any other foreigner. But you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.
Favouritism at it’s ugliest. If you think something to be unclean, it should be unclean for everyone. But of course you aren’t exactly a fair-minded critter are you.
22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.
23 Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always.
You’re a sack of shit. What’s to revere?
24 But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the LORD your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the LORD will choose to put his Name is so far away),
25 then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the LORD your God will choose.
26 Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice.
27 And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.
28 At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns,
29 so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
And so that the priests may live like kings upon the sweat and blood of the Israelites without ever having to lift a hand in a decent days work.
May I remind you that God has produced nothing new that other civilisations hadn’t already thought of themelves? He has promoted murder, torture, genocide, gendercide, slavery, bigotry and fanaticism. I see absolutely nothing positive to him or this vile book.