1611 King James Bible

Deuteronomy 12

Monuments of idolatry are to be destroyed.

Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the Statutes, and Iudgements, which ye shal obserue to do, in the land which the LORD God of thy fathers giueth thee to possesse it, all the dayes that yee liue vpon the earth. Deuteronomy 12:2 Yee shall vtterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which yee shall possesse, serued their gods, vpon the high mountaines, and vpon the hils, and vnder euery greene tree. Deuteronomy 12:3 And you shall ouerthrow their altars, and breake their pillars, and burne their groues with fire, and you shall hew downe the grauen images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place. Deuteronomy 12:4 Yee shall not doe so vnto the LORD your God.

The place of God's service is to be kept.

Deuteronomy 12:5 But vnto the place which the LORD your God shall chuse out of all your tribes, to put his name there, [euen] vnto his habitation shall yee seeke, and thither thou shalt come: Deuteronomy 12:6 And thither yee shall bring your burnt offrings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heaue offrings of your hand, and your vowes, and your free wil offerings, and the firstlings of your heards, and of your flocks. Deuteronomy 12:7 And there ye shall eate before the LORD your God, and yee shall reioyce in all that you put your hand vnto, ye and your housholds, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee. Deuteronomy 12:8 Ye shall not do after all the things that we doe here this day, euery man whatsoeuer [is] right in his owne eyes. Deuteronomy 12:9 For yee are not as yet come to the rest, and to the inheritance which the LORD your God giueth you. Deuteronomy 12:10 But when yee goe ouer Iordan, and dwel in the land which the LORD your God giueth you to inherite, and when he giueth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety: Deuteronomy 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 heaue offring of your hand, & all your choice vowes, which ye vow vnto the LORD. Deuteronomy 12:12 And yee shall reioyce before the LORD your God, ye and your sonnes and your daughters, and your men seruants, and your maid seruants, and the Leuite that is within your gates, forasmuch as hee hath no part nor inheritance with you. Deuteronomy 12:13 Take heed to thy selfe, that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in euery place that thou seest: Deuteronomy 12:14 But in the place which the LORD shal choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee. Deuteronomy 12:15 Notwithstanding, thou mayest kill and eate flesh in all thy gates, whatsoeuer thy soule lusteth after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath giuen thee: the vncleane and the cleane may eate thereof, as of the Roe bucke, and as of the Hart.

Blood is forbidden.

Deuteronomy 12:16 Onely ye shall not eat the blood: yee shall powre it vpon the earth as water.

Holy things must be eaten in the holy place.

Deuteronomy 12:17 Thou mayest not eate within thy gates the tithe of thy corne, or of thy wine, or of thy oyle, or the firstlings of thy heards, or of thy flocke, nor any of thy vowes which thou vowest, nor thy free will offerings, or heaue offering of thine hand: Deuteronomy 12:18 But thou must eate them before the LORD thy God, in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou and thy sonne, and thy daughter, and thy man seruant, and thy maid seruant, and the Leuite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt reioyce before the LORD thy God, in all that thou puttest thine hands vnto.

The Levite is not to be forsaken.

Deuteronomy 12:19 Take heed to thy selfe, that thou forsake not the Leuite, as long as thou liuest vpon the earth.

Holy things must be eaten in the holy place.

Deuteronomy 12:20 When the LORD thy God shall enlarge thy border, as hee hath promised thee, and thou shalt say, I will eate flesh (because thy soule longeth to eat flesh) thou mayest eat flesh whatsoeuer thy soule lusteth after. Deuteronomy 12:21 If the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to put his Name there, be too farre from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flocke, which the LORD hath giuen thee, as I haue commaunded thee, and thou shalt eate in thy gates, whatsoeuer thy soule lusteth after. Deuteronomy 12:22 Euen as the Roe bucke and the Hart is eaten, so thou shalt eate them: the vncleane and the cleane shall eate of them alike.

Blood is forbidden.

Deuteronomy 12:23 Onely be sure that thou eate not the blood: for the blood is the life, and thou mayest not eate the life with the flesh. Deuteronomy 12:24 Thou shalt not eate it; thou shalt powre it vpon the earth as water. Deuteronomy 12:25 Thou shalt not eate it, that it may goe well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt doe that which [is] right in the sight of the LORD.

Holy things must be eaten in the holy place.

Deuteronomy 12:26 Onely thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vowes, thou shalt take, and goe vnto the place which the LORD shall chuse. Deuteronomy 12:27 And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, vpon the altar of the LORD thy God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be powred out vpon the altar of the LORD thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh. Deuteronomy 12:28 Obserue & heare all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for euer, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.

Idolatry is not to be enquired after.

Deuteronomy 12:29 When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possesse them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land: Deuteronomy 12:30 Take heede to thy selfe that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee, and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serue their gods? euen so will I doe likewise. Deuteronomy 12:31 Thou shalt not doe so vnto the LORD thy God: for euery abomination to the LORD which hee hateth, haue they done vnto their gods: for euen their sonnes and their daughters they haue burnt in the fire to their gods. Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soeuer I command you, obserue to doe it: thou shalt not adde thereto, nor diminish from it.

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