THE CLEAN and UNCLEEANED FOODS of LEVITICUS 11 Food to eat and food to avoid

Our body is the ‘Dwelling Place of the Set-apart Spirit’
(1 Corinthians 6:19). It is our duty to keep it clean and healthy. The Creator of all things gave us specific guidelines to live by.

The following is a general list of food to eat and food to avoid.

(Must have both fins and scales)

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 11:9
 9 ‘These you do eat of all that are in the waters: any one that has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas or in the rivers, that you do eat.

Anchovy, Angelfish, Albacore (Crevalle, Horse Mackerel), Alewives (Branch and River Herring), Barracuda, Blueback (Glut, Herring), Bass (Sea Bass, Striped Bass), Black Drum, Blackfish, Bluegill (Sunfish, bream, Copper Nose), Bluefish, Blue Runner (Hardtail), Bonitos, Boston Bluefish (Pollack),Buffalo Fish (Sucker Family)
Butterfish, Bowfin, Carp, Chub (Bloate), Cod, Crappie, Croaker, Darter Flounder (Dab, Grey Sole, Yellow Tail), Gaby, Grayling, Greenlings, Groupers (Gag), Grunts, Gulf Pike (Robalo, Snook, Sergeant), Haddock, Hake (Silver, Whiting), Halibut, Hardtail (Blue Runner), Herring, Kingfish’ Longjaw (Blackfin), Mackerel, Mahi-mahi, Menhaden, Mullet, Muskellunge (Jack), Orange Roughy, Perch, Pickerel (Jack), Pig Fish, Pike (Jack, Snook), Pollack, Pompano, Porgy (Scup), Red Drum (Redfish), Red Snapper, Red Striped , Rockfish, Salmon (Chum, Coho, King, Pink, Red), Sardine (Pilchard), Sea Bass, Shad, Sheepshead, Shipjack, Silverside, Smelt (Ice Fish, Frost Fish), Snapper, Sole, Spanish Mackerel, Sucker (Redhorse, White), Tarpon, Trout, Tuna (Albacore, Bluefin, Yellowfin), Weakfish, Whitefish, Yellow Perch.


Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 11:10-12
10 ‘But all that have not fins and scales in the seas and in the rivers, all that move in the waters or any living creature which is in the waters, they are an abomination to you. 
11 ‘They are an abomination to you – of their flesh you do not eat, and their carcasses you abominate. 
12 ‘All that have not fins or scales in the waters is an abomination to you

Alligator, Abalone, Bullheads, Catfish, Clam, Crab, Crayfish, Crocodile, Dolphin, Eel, Jellyfish, Krill, Lobster
Moonfish, Mussel, Octopus, Otter, Oyster, Paddlefish, Porpoise, Scallop, Sculpin, Seal, Shark, Shellfish (in general), Shrimp, Squid, Spoonbill, Stickleback, Sturgeon (Caviar), Swordfish, Turtle, Whale (including, Whale oil).

(Must chew the cud and have a divided hoof)

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 11:2-3
  2 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘These are the living creatures which you do eat among all the beasts that are on the earth: 
  3 ‘Whatever has a split hoof completely divided, chewing the cud, among the beasts, that you do eat.
Debarim (Deuteronomy) 14:4-6
  4 “These are the living creatures which you do eat: ox, sheep, and goat, 
  5 deer, and gazelle, and roebuck, and wild goat, and mountain goat, and antelope, and mountain sheep. 
  6 “And every beast that has a split hoof divided in two, chewing the cud, among the beasts, you do eat. 

Antelope, Beef, Buffalo, Caribou, Deer, Elk, Gazelle, Giraffe (Not eaten due to being a protected species), Goat, Hart, Lamb, Moose, Reindeer, Sheep, Veal.


Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 11:4-8 
  4 ‘Only, these you do not eat among those that chew the cud or those that have a split hoof: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not have a split hoof, it is unclean to you; 
  5 and the rabbit, because it chews the cud but does not have a split hoof, it is unclean to you; 
  6 and the hare, because it chews the cud but does not have a split hoof, it is unclean to you; 
  7 and the pig, though it has a split hoof, completely divided, yet does not chew the cud, it is unclean to you. 
  8 ‘Their flesh you do not eat, and their carcasses you do not touch. They are unclean to you. 

Apes, Armadillo, Badger, Bears, Beaver, Camels, Cats, Civets, Coyote, Dogs, Donkey, Elephant, Ferret, Fox, Gophers, Hare, Horse, Hyena, Jackal, Kangaroo, Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Llama, Mouse, Mole, Mule, Wallaby, Pig, Possum, Rabbit, Raccoon, Rat, Rock Hyrax, Squirrel, Swine, Wallaby, Weasels, Wolf, Wombat, Zebra.

(Including their eggs. They possess elongated middle toe and hind toe, crops and gizzards. They are not raptors)

Chicken, Dove, Duck, Goose, Grouse, Partridge, Pheasant, Pigeon, Prairie Chicken, Ptarmigan, Quail, Turkey.

(Including their eggs)

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 11:13-19
  13 ‘And these you do abominate among the birds, they are not eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the vulture, and the black vulture, 
  14 and the hawk, and the falcon after its kind, 
  15 every raven after its kind, 
  16 and the ostrich, and the nighthawk, and the seagull, and the hawk after its kind, 
  17 and the little owl, and the fisher owl, and the great owl, 
  18 and the white owl, and the pelican, and the carrion vulture, 
  19 and the stork, the heron after its kind, and the hoopoe, and the bat.

Albatross, Bats (considered birds in the Bible), Buzzard, Condor, Cormorant, Crane, Crow, Cuckoo, Eagle, Falcon, Flamingo, Hawk, Heron, Hoopoe, Kite (Red and Black), Ostrich, Osprey, Owl, Parrot, Pelican, Penguin, Raven, Roadrunner, Sea Gull, Stork, Swallow, Vultures, Woodpecker.

(All creeping things that fly, that go on all-fours,—such as have legs above their feet, to leap therewith, upon the earth)

Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 11:21-22
  21 ‘Only, these you do eat of every flying insect that creeps on all fours: those which have jointed legs above their feet with which to leap on the earth. 
  22 ‘These of them you do eat: the locust after its kind, and the destroying locust after its kind, and the cricket after its kind, and the grasshopper after its kind. 

Grasshoppers, Locusts, Crickets.

(Insects that don’t fly AND hop)

Wayyiqra (Levitus) 11:20 
  20 ‘All flying insects that creep on all fours is an abomination to you. 


Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 11:41-43
  41 ‘And every creeping creature that creeps on the earth is an abomination, it is not eaten. 
  42 ‘Whatever crawls on its stomach, and whatever goes on all fours, and whatever has many feet among all creeping creatures that creep on the earth, these you do not eat, for they are an abomination. 

Caterpillars, Chameleon, Eels, Frogs, Lizards, Salamander, Slugs, Snails, Snakes, Toads, Worms.


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