“Whatsoever parteth the hoofe, and is clouen footed, & cheweth cud among the beasts, that shall ye eate.”
1611 King James Version (KJV)
11:3 Cloven - footed - That is, divided into two parts only: This clause is added to explain and limit the former, as appears from #Lev 11:26|, for the feet of dogs, cats &c. are parted or cloven into many parts. And cheweth the cud - Heb. and bringeth up the cud, that is, the meat once chewed, out of the stomach in the mouth again, that it may be chewed a second time for better concoction. And this branch is to be joined with the former, both properties being necessary for the allowed beasts. But the reason hereof must be resolved into the will of the law - giver; though interpreters guess that God would hereby signify their duties, by the first, that of discerning between good and evil; and by the latter, that duty of recalling God's word to our minds and meditating upon it.