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Deuteronomy 12:15-17 International Standard Version (ISV)

Instructions Pertaining to Food

15 “You may slaughter and eat as much meat as you desire,[a] according to the blessing of the Lord your God, when he provides for you in all your cities.[b] Both ritually unqualified and qualified people[c] may eat it as they would gazelle and deer. 16 However, you are not to consume the blood;[d] instead, you are to pour it out on the ground as you would water.

17 “You won’t be allowed to eat your tithe of grain, new wine, or oil, the firstborn of your herd and flock, your voluntary offerings that you pledged, your free-will offerings, or the works of your hands in your own cities.


  1. Deuteronomy 12:15 Lit. with all the desire of your soul
  2. Deuteronomy 12:15 Lit. gates
  3. Deuteronomy 12:15 Lit. unclean and clean; and so throughout the book
  4. Deuteronomy 12:16 Cf. Acts 15:20, 29
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Deuteronomy 12:15-17 New International Version (NIV)

15 Nevertheless, you may slaughter your animals in any of your towns and eat as much of the meat as you want, as if it were gazelle or deer, according to the blessing the Lord your God gives you. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it. 16 But you must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water. 17 You must not eat in your own towns the tithe of your grain and new wine and olive oil, or the firstborn of your herds and flocks, or whatever you have vowed to give, or your freewill offerings or special gifts.

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