Matthew Bible

Deuteronomy 12

Monuments of idolatry are to be destroyed.

Deuteronomy 12:1 These are the ordinaunces & lawes which ye shal obserue to do in the lande whyche the Lorde God of thy fathers geueth the to possesse it, as longe as ye lyue vpon the earth. Deuteronomy 12:2 Se that ye destroy all places where the nations whyche ye conquere serue theyr Goddes, vpon hye mountaynes, and on hye hylles, & vnder euery grene tre. Deuteronomy 12:3 Ouerthrow theyr alters and breake theyr pyllers, & burne theyr groues wyth fyre & hew downe the ymages of theyr Goddes, and brynge the names of them to naught out of that place. Deuteronomy 12:4 Se ye do not so vnto the Lorde youre God

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

Deuteronomy 12:5 but ye shal enquere the place which the Lord your God shal haue chosen out of all youre trybes to putte hys name there, and there to dwell. Deuteronomy 12:6 And thyther thou shalte come, and thyther ye shall brynge youre burnte sacryfyces, and your offeringes, your tythes and heaueofferynges of your handes, youre vowes and frewylofferynges & the fyrst borne of your oxen and of your shepe. Deuteronomy 12:7 And there ye shall eate before the Lord your God, and ye shal reioyce in al that you lay your handes on, boeth ye and your housholdes, bicause þe Lord thy God hath blessed the. Deuteronomy 12:8 Ye shall do after nothynge that we do here thys day, euery man what semeth hym good in hys owne eyes. Deuteronomy 12:9 For ye are not yet come to rest nor vnto the enheritaunce which the Lorde your God geueth you. Deuteronomy 12:10 But ye shall go ouer Iordan and dwell in the lande which the Lord your God geueth you to enheret, & he shal giue you rest from al your enemies round about, & ye shal dwel in safetye. Deuteronomy 12:11 Therfore when the Lord your God hath chosen a place to make hys name dwel there thyther ye shall brynge all that I commaunde you, your burnt sacrifices and your offerynges, your tythes, & the heaueofferynges of your handes and all your Godlye vowes which ye vowe vnto the Lord. Deuteronomy 12:12 And ye shall reioyce before the Lord your God, boeth ye youre sonnes & youre daughters, youre seruauntes and youre maydes, and the Leuite that is within in your gates for he hath neither part nor enheritaunce with you. Deuteronomy 12:13 Take hede that thou offer not thy burntofferynges in whatsoeuer place thou seyste: Deuteronomy 12:14 but in the place whych the Lorde shall haue chosen amonge one of thy trybes, there thou shalt offer thy burntofferynges & there thou shalt do al that I commaund the. Deuteronomy 12:15 Notwithstandynge thou mayest kyl and eate flesh in all thy cytyes, whatsoeuer thy soule lusteth after, accordyng to the blessyng of the Lord thy God whych he hath geuen the, both the vncleane and the cleane mayste thou eate, euen as the roo and the hert:

Blood is forbidden.

Deuteronomy 12:16 onely eat not the bloud, but poure it vpon the earth as water.

Holy things must be eaten in the holy place.

Deuteronomy 12:17 Thou maiste not eate wythin thy gates the tythe of thy corne, of thy wine & of thy oyle, eyther the fyrstborne of thyne oxen or of thy shepe, neither any of thy vowes which thou vowest, nor thy frewil offeringes or heueofferynges thyne handes: Deuteronomy 12:18 but thou muste eate them before the Lorde thy God, in the place whych the Lorde thy God hath chosen: both thou, thy sonne, & thy daughter, thy seruaunt & thy mayde, & the Leuite that is wythin thy gates: & thou shalte reioyce before the Lorde thy God, in al þt thou puttest thine hande to.

The Levite is not to be forsaken.

Deuteronomy 12:19 And beware that thou forsake not the Leuite as longe as thou lyuest vpon the earth.

Holy things must be eaten in the holy place.

Deuteronomy 12:20 If (when the Lord thy God hath enlarged thy costes as he hath promised the) thou saye I wyl eate flesh, bicause thy soule longeth to eate flesh: then thou shalt eate flesh, what soeuer thy soule lusteth. Deuteronomy 12:21 If the place which the Lorde thy God hath chosen to put his name there be farre from the, then thou maiste kyll of thy oxen and of thy shepe which the Lord hath geuen the as I haue commaunded the & thou maiste eate in thyne owne citye whatsoeuer thy soule lusteth. Deuteronomy 12:22 Neuerthelater, as þe roo and the hart is eaten, euen so thou shalt eate it: the vncleane & the cleane indifferently thou shalt eate.

Blood is forbidden.

Deuteronomy 12:23 But be strong þt thou eate not the bloude. For the bloud that is the life & thou mayst not eate the life with the flesh: Deuteronomy 12:24 thou mayst not eate it: but must poure it vpon þe erth as water. Deuteronomy 12:25 Se thou eate it not therfore that it may go well wt the & with thy children after the, when thou shalt haue done þt which is ryght in the syght of the Lord.

Holy things must be eaten in the holy place.

Deuteronomy 12:26 But thy holy thynges which thou hast & thy vowes, thou shalt take & go vnto þe place which the Lord hath chosen, Deuteronomy 12:27 & thou shalt offer thy burnt offerynges, both flesh & bloud vpon the alter of the Lord thy God, and the bloude of thyne offeringes thou shalt poure out vpon the alter of the Lord thy God, and shalt eat the flesh. Deuteronomy 12:28 Take hede & hear all these wordes which I commaund the that it may go wel wyth the & with thy children after the for euer, when thou doest that whiche is good & ryght in the syght of the Lord thy God.

Idolatry is not to be enquired after.

Deuteronomy 12:29 When the Lord thy God hath destroyed the nacions before the, whether thou goest to conquere them, & when thou hast conquered them, and dwelt in theyr landes: Deuteronomy 12:30 Beware þt thou be not taken in a snare after them, after that they be destroyed before the, & that thou aske not after theyr Gods sayinge: how dyd these nations serue theyr Goddes. þt I maye do so lykewyse: Deuteronomy 12:31 Naye, thou shalt not do so vnto the Lorde thy God: for all abhominacions whyche the Lorde hated dyd they vnto theyr Goddes. For they burnt both their sonnes and their daughters with fire vnto their Goddes. Deuteronomy 12:32 But whatsoeuer I commaunde you that take hede ye do: & put nought thereto nor take therfrom.

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