Deuteronomy 12


12:1 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.
12:2 Ye shall utterly destroy all the places in which the
 nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high
 mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:
12:3 And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their
 pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down
 the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them
 out of that place.
12:4 Ye shall not do so to the LORD your God.
12:5 But the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of
 all your tribes to put his name there, [even] his habitation
 shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
12:6 And thither ye shall bring your burnt-offerings, and your
 sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave-offerings of your hand,
 and your vows, and your free-will-offerings, and the firstlings
 of your herds, and of your flocks:
12:7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye
 shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand to, ye and your
 households, in which the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.
12:8 Ye shall not do after all [the things] that we do here this
 day, every man whatever [is] right in his own eyes.
12:9 For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the
 inheritance which the LORD your God giveth you.
12:10 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 on every side, so that ye dwell
 in safety:
12:11 Then there shall be a place which 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 choice vows which ye vow to the LORD:
12:12 And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and
 your sons, and your daughters, and your men-servants, and your
 maid-servants, and the Levite that [is] within your gates;
 forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.
12:13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy
 burnt-offerings in every place that thou seest:
12:14 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.
12:15 Notwithstanding, thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy
 gates, whatever thy soul desireth, according to the blessing of
 the LORD thy God which he hath given thee: the unclean and the
 clean may eat of it as of the roebuck, and as of the hart.
12:16 Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the
 earth as water.
12:17 Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of 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 free-will-offerings, or heave-offering of thy hand:
12:18 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 man-servant, and thy maid-servant,
 and the Levite that [is] within thy gates: and thou shalt
 rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine
 hands to.
12:19 Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as
 long as thou livest upon the earth.
12:20 When the LORD thy God shall enlarge thy border, as he hath
 promised thee, and thou shalt say, I will eat flesh, because
 thy soul longeth to eat flesh; thou mayest eat flesh, whatever
 thy soul desireth.
12:21 If the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to put his
 name there, shall 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 whatever
 thy soul desireth.
12:22 Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so thou shalt
 eat them: the unclean and the clean shall eat [of] them alike.
12:23 Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood
 [is] the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.
12:24 Thou shalt not eat it: thou shalt pour it upon the earth
 as water.
12:25 Thou shalt not eat it; that it may be well with thee, and
 with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do [that which
 is] right in the sight of the LORD.
12:26 Only thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou
 shalt take, and go to the place which the LORD shall choose:
12:27 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.
12:28 Observe and hear all these words which I command thee,
 that it may be 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.
12:29 When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from
 before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou
 succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;
12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following
 them, after that they are destroyed from before thee; and that
 thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these
 nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
12:31 Thou shalt not do so to the LORD thy God; for every
 abomination to the LORD which he hateth have they done to their
 gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt
 in the fire to their gods.
12:32 Whatever thing I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt
 not add to it, nor diminish from it.
 
 

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