Laws of the Sanctuary
1 "These are the statutes and the judgments which you shall carefully observe in the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess as R460 F172 long as you live on the earth. F173 2 "You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the high R461 mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. 3 "You R462 shall tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and burn their Asherim F174 with fire, and you shall cut down the engraved images of their gods and obliterate R463 their name from that place. 4 "You shall not act like this toward the LORD your God. 5 "But R464 you shall seek the LORD at the place which the LORD your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and there you shall come. 6 "There you shall bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your R465 tithes, the contribution F175 of your hand, your votive offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. 7 "There also you and your households shall eat before the LORD your God, and rejoice R466 in all your F176 undertakings in which the LORD your God has blessed you.
8 "You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes; 9 for you have not as yet come to the R467 resting place and the inheritance R468 which the LORD your God is giving you. 10 "When you cross the Jordan and live in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to inherit, and He R469 gives you rest from all your enemies around you so that you live in security, 11 then R470 it shall come about that the place in which the LORD your God will choose for His name to dwell, there you shall bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution F177 of your hand, and all your choice votive offerings which you will vow to the LORD. 12 "And you shall rejoice R471 before the LORD your God, you and your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levite R472 who is within your gates, since he R473 has no portion or inheritance with you.
13 "Be R474 careful that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every cultic place you see, 14 but in the place which the LORD chooses in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you.
15 "However, R475 you may slaughter and eat meat within any of your gates, whatever F178 you desire, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you; the unclean and the clean may eat of it, as of the R476 gazelle and the deer. 16 "Only R477 you shall not eat the blood; you R478 are to pour it out on the ground like water. 17 "You R479 are not allowed to eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or new wine or oil, or the firstborn of your herd or flock, or any of your votive offerings which you vow, or your freewill offerings, or the contribution F179 of your hand. 18 "But you R480 shall eat them before the LORD your God in the R481 place which the LORD your God will choose, you and your son and daughter, and your male and female servants, and the Levite R482 who is within your gates; and you shall rejoice R483 before the LORD your God in all your F180 undertakings. 19 "Be R484 careful that you do not forsake the Levite as F181 long as you live in your land.
20 "When the LORD your God extends your border as R485 He has promised you, and you say, `I will eat meat,' because you F182 desire to eat meat, then you may eat meat, whatever F183 you desire. 21 "If the place which the LORD your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, then you may slaughter of your herd and flock which the LORD has given you, as I have commanded you; and you may eat within your gates whatever F184 you desire. 22 "Just as a gazelle or a deer is eaten, so you will eat it; the unclean and the clean alike may eat of it. 23 "Only be sure not R486 to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, F185 and you shall not eat the life F185 with the flesh. 24 "You shall not eat it; you shall pour it out on the ground like water. 25 "You shall not eat it, so that it R487 may be well with you and your sons after you, for you R488 will be doing what is right in the sight of the LORD. 26 "Only R489 your holy things which you may have and your votive offerings, you shall take and go to the place which the LORD chooses. 27 "And you R490 shall offer your burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, on the altar of the LORD your God; and the blood of your sacrifices shall be poured out on the altar of the LORD your God, and you R491 shall eat the flesh.
28 "Be careful to listen to all these words which I command you, so that it R492 may be well with you and your sons after you forever, for you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God.
29 "When the R493 LORD your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, 30 beware that you are not ensnared to F186 follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, `How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?' 31 "You R494 shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they R495 even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
32 "Whatever R496 F187 I command you, you shall be careful to do; you R497 shall not add to nor take away from it.
F172: Lit all the days
F173: Lit ground
F174: I.e. wooden symbols of a female deity
F175: Or heave offering
F176: Lit the putting forth of your hand
F177: Or heave offering
F178: Lit in every desire of your soul
F179: Lit heave offering
F180: Lit the putting forth of your hand
F181: Lit all your days upon your land
F182: Lit your soul desires
F183: Lit in every desire of your soul
F184: Lit in every desire of your soul
F185: Lit soul
F185: Lit soul
F186: Lit after them
F187: Lit Everything that
R460: Deuteronomy 4:9,10; 1 Kings 8:40
R461: 2 Kings 16:4; 17:10,11
R462: Numbers 33:52; Deuteronomy 7:5; Judges 2:2
R463: Exodus 23:13; Psalms 16:4; Zechariah 13:2
R464: Exodus 20:24; Deuteronomy 12:11,13; 2 Chronicles 7:12; Psalms 78:68
R465: Deuteronomy 14:22
R466: Leviticus 23:40; Deuteronomy 12:12,18; 14:26; 28:47; Ecclesiastes 3:12,13; 5:18-20
R467: Deuteronomy 3:20; 25:19; Psalms 95:11
R468: Deuteronomy 4:21
R469: Joshua 11:23
R470: Deuteronomy 12:5; 15:20; 16:2; 17:8; 18:6
R471: Deuteronomy 12:7
R472: Deuteronomy 12:18,19; 26:11-13
R473: Deuteronomy 10:9; 14:29
R474: Deuteronomy 12:5,11
R475: Deuteronomy 12:20-23
R476: Deuteronomy 12:22; 14:5; 15:22
R477: Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 7:26; 17:10-12; 1 Samuel 14:33f; Acts 15:20,29
R478: Deuteronomy 15:23
R479: Deuteronomy 12:26
R480: Deuteronomy 14:23
R481: Deuteronomy 12:5
R482: Deuteronomy 12:12
R483: Deuteronomy 12:7; Ecclesiastes 3:12f; 5:18-20
R484: Deuteronomy 14:27
R485: Genesis 15:18; Deuteronomy 11:24; 19:8
R486: Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:10-14; Deuteronomy 12:16
R487: Deuteronomy 4:40; Isaiah 3:10
R488: Exodus 15:26; 1 Kings 11:38
R489: Numbers 5:9f; 18:19; Deuteronomy 12:17
R490: Leviticus 1:9,13
R491: Leviticus 3:1-17
R492: Deuteronomy 4:40; Ecclesiastes 8:12
R493: Joshua 23:4
R494: Deuteronomy 9:5
R495: Leviticus 18:21; Deuteronomy 18:10; Psalms 106:37; Jeremiah 32:35
R496: Deuteronomy 4:2; Joshua 1:7
R497: Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18