You are the children1 of the LORD your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave the front of your heads for the dead,
for you are a people holy2 to the LORD your God.3 Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.43
Do not eat any detestable thing.54
These are the animals you may eat:6 the ox, the sheep, the goat,75
the deer,8 the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat,9 the ibex, the antelope and the mountain sheep.a6
You may eat any animal that has a split hoof divided in two and that chews the cud.
However, of those that chew the cud or that have a split hoof completely divided you may not eat the camel, the rabbit or the coney.b Although they chew the cud, they do not have a split hoof; they are ceremonially unclean for you.
The pig is also unclean; although it has a split hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses.109
Of all the creatures living in the water, you may eat any that has fins and scales.
But anything that does not have fins and scales you may not eat; for you it is unclean.
You may eat any clean bird.
But these you may not eat: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture,
the red kite, the black kite, any kind11 of falcon,1214
any kind of raven,1315
the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk,
the little owl, the great owl, the white owl,
the desert owl,14 the osprey, the cormorant,
the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.
All flying insects that swarm are unclean to you; do not eat them.
But any winged creature that is clean you may eat.1521
Do not eat anything you find already dead.16 You may give it to an alien living in any of your towns, and he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner. But you are a people holy to the LORD your God.17 Do not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.18