Deuteronomy Chapter 14
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7 Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you.
21 Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
23 And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always.
24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
29 And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest.
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Matthew Henry's Deuteronomy Chapter 14 Bible commentary...
The Israelites to distinguish themselves from other nations. (1-21) Respecting the application of tithes. (22-29)1-21 Moses tells the people of Israel how God had given them three distinguishing privileges, which were their honour, and figures of those spiritual blessings in heavenly things, with which God has in Christ blessed us. Here is election; "The Lord hath chosen thee." He did not choose them because they were by their own acts a peculiar people to him above other nations, but he chose them that they might be so by his grace; and thus were believers chosen, #Eph 1:4|. Here is adoption; "Ye are the children of the Lord your God;" not because God needed children, but because they were orphans, and needed a father. Every spiritual Israelite is indeed a child of God, a partaker of his nature and favour. Here is sanctification; "Thou art a holy people." God's people are required to be holy, and if they are holy, they are indebted to the grace God which makes them so. Those whom God chooses to be his children, he will form to be a holy people, and zealous of good works. They must be careful to avoid every thing which might disgrace their profession, in the sight of those who watch for their halting. Our heavenly Father forbids nothing but for our welfare. Do thyself no harm; do not ruin thy health, thy reputation, thy domestic comforts, thy peace of mind. Especially do not murder thy soul. Do not be the vile slave of thy appetites and passions. Do not render all around thee miserable, and thyself wretched; but aim at that which is most excellent and useful. The laws which regarded many sorts of flesh as unclean, were to keep them from mingling with their idolatrous neighbours. It is plain in the gospel, that these laws are now done away. But let us ask our own hearts, Are we of the children of the Lord our God? Are we separate from the ungodly world, in being set apart to God's glory, the purchase of Christ's blood? Are we subjects of the work of the Holy Ghost? Lord, teach us from these precepts how pure and holy all thy people ought to live!
22-29 A second portion from the produce of their land was required. The whole appointment evidently was against the covetousness, distrust, and selfishness of the human heart. It promoted friendliness, liberality, and cheerfulness, and raised a fund for the relief of the poor. They were taught that their worldly portion was most comfortably enjoyed, when shared with their brethren who were in want. If we thus serve God, and do good with what we have, it is promised that the Lord our God will bless us in all the works of our land. The blessing of God is all to our outward prosperity; and without that blessing, the work of our hands will bring nothing to pass. The blessing descends upon the working hand. Expect not that God should bless thee in thy idleness and love of ease. And it descends upon the giving hand. He who thus scatters, certainly increases; and to be free and generous in the support of religion, and any good work, is the surest and safest way of thriving.
Angel Gonzalez's Deuteronomy Chapter 14 comment about verse 26 on 1/27/2014, 12:57pm...
I was confused by the words "Strong drink", but by further reading I conclude that it was not liquor, but a sweet drink. Angel
Asanga kingsley abanda's Deuteronomy Chapter 14 comment on 1/15/2014, 10:35am...
excellent writer and i like his way of being explisive which ease understanding.
Bako.Nam's Deuteronomy Chapter 14 comment about verse 13 on 1/12/2014, 8:14am...
I am just confused as what clean birds are mentioned in the bible. Can you list them as there are lot of birds.
Raymond bennett's Deuteronomy Chapter 14 comment on 12/26/2013, 7:53pm...
These laws was given to Israel, but i believe God wanted this for all people.God have one law for the stranger and the home borne.To say that Christ put a end to these healthy directive is to say He doesn't wish christian to be prosperous and be in good health.
Timothy Wayne George's Deuteronomy Chapter 14 comment about verse 26 on 10/24/2013, 7:02am...
This text is not speaking to the drunkard, but what ever you do to the glory of God. The Apostle Paul told us not to be drunk with wine, where in is excess, but to be filled with the Spirit. Psalm 23 warned not to look on the wine when it is red. Psalm 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and who ever drinks is deceived thereby. The totality of scripture tells us that moderation must be used, so that you will not get drunk. I Cor.6 the drunkard will not inherit the kingdom of God. As long as moderation is used, and for medicinal reasons it is good
Kent's Deuteronomy Chapter 14 comment about verse 26 on 10/23/2013, 1:25am...
I fail to see the drunkard here. define drunkard
Aiborlang Wahlang's Deuteronomy Chapter 14 comment about verse 6 on 10/17/2013, 10:29am...
Moses shows the two different group of animals, clean and unclean which we can eat and we cannot eat. This means that as christian we need tobe like ruminants which they chew twice and their hoof are devided separately into two parts,so though we are chewing twice for knowledge only but we are not separated from our sins we are remain uncleaned to God.
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