Are you looking to connect with God and learn more about Biblical teachings? If so, you should try listening to the Audio Bible! In this blog post, we will explore Chapter 14 of Deuteronomy in the NKJV version of the Audio Bible. You might be surprised by how much you learn and how reenergized your faith can become. Let’s dive in!
Listening to the Audio Bible: Chapter 14 of Deuteronomy in NKJV Version
As an avid reader of the Bible, I find the practice of listening to the audio version of it a great way to enhance my spiritual journey. In this article, we will dive into Chapter 14 of Deuteronomy in the NKJV version. This chapter outlines many guidelines and prohibitions for the Israelites. Let’s take a closer look:
Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. It is a part of the Torah, a collection of Jewish laws and teachings. The book is attributed to Moses, and it contains his speeches to the Israelites before they entered the Promised Land. Chapter 14 provides many commands and prohibitions concerning diet, tithing, and charity.
Prohibition of cutting or shaving for the dead
In the first verse of the chapter, Moses commands the Israelites not to cut or shave themselves for the dead. This prohibition is still relevant in Jewish tradition today, as it represents a sign of mourning.
Allowed list of animals to eat
The rest of the chapter is dedicated to the dietary laws of the Israelites. Verse 3 outlines the allowed list of animals to eat, which include:
- Cattle (including sheep and goats)
- Roe deer
- Wild goats
Forbidden list of animals to eat
Verse 7 outlines the forbidden list of animals to eat which include:
- Rock hyrax (or coney)
- Seafood that does not have fins or scales (such as shellfish)
These prohibitions are still observed by many orthodox Jews today in their dietary practices.
Authorized birds to eat
In verses 11-20, Moses outlines the authorized birds to eat, which include:
- All kinds of ravens
Prohibition of eating dead animals
Verse 21 prohibits the Israelites from eating animals found dead. This prohibits eating carrion and was a health concern at the time.
Guidelines for tithing
In verses 22-27, Moses instructs the Israelites on tithing. Tithing was and is an important aspect of Jewish tradition, as it was a way to provide for the Levites (the priestly tribe) and those in need. Moses instructs the Israelites to set aside a tithe (or a tenth) of their crop yield every year. They were then to take this tithe to the central sanctuary and consume it there, or they could exchange it for money and purchase food or drink.
Importance of not neglecting the Levite and those in need
Finally, in verse 28, Moses stresses the importance of not neglecting the Levite and those in need. He reminds the Israelites that the tithe was meant to support these groups, and therefore it was essential not to overlook them.
In conclusion, Chapter 14 of Deuteronomy outlines several dietary laws for the Israelites, as well as instructions on tithing and charity. By listening to this chapter of the Bible, we gain insight into the cultural and religious traditions of the Israelites. As we reflect on these practices, we can be reminded of the importance of generosity and caring for those in need.