THE FIFTH BOOK OF
D E U T E R O N O M Y
Deuteronomy 12 ©
A charge to root out all idolatry in the land of Canaan, v. 1. etc. And to perform the outward service of God according to His institution in the place which He Himself would choose, 5. What was permitted them to eat, with who, and in what places, and what was forbidden concerning it, 7, 12. Also there is again a commandment to observe the right worship of God, and in no wise to follow the idolatrous custom of the Canaanites, 26.
THESE are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the LORD God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.
Yea shall 1utterly destroy 2all the places, wherein the nations 3which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the 4high mountains, and upon the hills, and under 5every 6green tree:
And ye shall overthrow their altars,b and break their 7pillars, and burn their 8groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.
Ye shall not do 9so unto the LORD your God.
Butc unto the 10place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your 11tribes to put his 12name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your 13vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:
And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice 14in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your 15households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.
Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man 16whatsoever is right in his own eyes.
For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the LORD your God giveth you.
But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;
Then there shall be a place whichd the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your 17choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hathe18no part nor inheritance with you.
Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that 19thou seest:
But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.
Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy 20gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the 21roebuck, and as of the hart.f
Onlyg ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.
¶Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe 22of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:
But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all 23that thou puttest thine hands unto.
Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite 24as long as thou livest upon the earth.
¶When the LORD thy God shall enlarge thy border, ash he hath promised thee, and thou shalt say, I will eat flesh, because thy soul longeth to eat flesh; thou mayest eat flesh, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.
If the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to put his name there be too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the LORD hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.
25Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so thou shalt eat them: the unclean and the clean shall eat of them alike.
Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the 26blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.
27Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it upon the earth as water.
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 sight of the LORD.
Only 28thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which the LORD shall choose:
And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of the LORD thy God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of the LORD thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.
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 sight of the LORD thy God.
¶When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess 29them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared 30by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire 31to their gods.
32What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thoui shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.