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Deuteronomy 14

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole BibleCommentary Critical




Verse 1

1. ye shall not cut yourselves . . . for the dead—It was a common practice of idolaters, both on ceremonious occasions of their worship ( :-), and at funerals (compare Jeremiah 16:6; Jeremiah 41:5), to make ghastly incisions on their faces and other parts of their persons with their finger nails or sharp instruments. The making a large bare space between the eyebrows was another heathen custom in honor of the dead (see on Jeremiah 41:5- :; Jeremiah 41:5- :). Such indecorous and degrading usages, being extravagant and unnatural expressions of hopeless sorrow (Jeremiah 41:5- :), were to be carefully avoided by the Israelites, as derogatory to the character, and inconsistent with the position, of those who were the people of God [Jeremiah 41:5- :].

Jeremiah 41:5- :. WHAT MAY BE EATEN, AND WHAT NOT.

Verse 3

3. Thou shalt not eat any abominable thing—that is, anything forbidden as unclean (see on :-).


Verse 5

5. The hart—(see on :-).

fallow deer—The Hebrew word (Jachmur) so rendered, does not represent the fallow deer, which is unknown in Western Asia, but an antelope (Oryx leucoryx), called by the Arabs, jazmar. It is of a white color, black at the extremities, and a bright red on the thighs. It was used at Solomon's table.

wild goat—The word akko is different from that commonly used for a wild goat (1 Samuel 24:2; Psalms 104:18; Proverbs 5:19), and it is supposed to be a goat-deer, having the body of a stag, but the head, horns, and beard of a goat. An animal of this sort is found in the East, and called Lerwee [SHAW, Travels].

pygarg—a species of antelope (Oryx addax) with white buttocks, wreathed horns two feet in length, and standing about three feet seven inches high at the shoulders. It is common in the tracks which the Israelites had frequented [SHAW].

wild ox—supposed to be the Nubian Oryx, which differs from the Oryx leucoryx (formerly mentioned) by its black color; and it is, moreover, of larger stature and more slender frame, with longer and more curved horns. It is called Bekkar-El-Wash by the Arabs.

chamois—rendered by the Septuagint Cameleopard; but, by others who rightly judge it must have been an animal more familiar to the Hebrews, it is thought to be the Kebsch (Ovis tragelaphus), rather larger than a common sheep, covered not with wool, but with reddish hair—a Syrian sheep-goat.

Proverbs 5:19- :. OF BIRDS.

Verse 11

11-20. Of all clean birds ye shall eat—(See on :-).

Verse 13

13. glede—thought to be the same as that rendered vulture ( see on :-).

Verse 14

11-20. Of all clean birds ye shall eat—(See on :-).

Verse 15

15. the cuckow—more probably the sea-gull. [See on :-].

Verse 16

16. the swan—rather, the goose [MICHAELIS]. [See on :-].

Verse 17

17. gier eagle—The Hebrew word Rachemah is manifestly identical with Rachamah, the name which the Arabs give to the common vulture of Western Asia and Egypt (Neophron percnopterus). [See on :-].

cormorant—rather, the plungeon; a seafowl. [See on :-].

Verse 18

18. the lapwing—the upupa or hoop: a beautiful bird, but of the most unclean habits. [See on :-].

Verse 19

11-20. Of all clean birds ye shall eat—(See on :-).

Verse 21

21. Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself—(See on :-; :-).

thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates—not a proselyte, for he, as well as an Israelite, was subject to this law; but a heathen traveller or sojourner.

Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk—This is the third place in which the prohibition is repeated [Exodus 23:19; Exodus 34:26]. It was pointed against an annual pagan ceremony (see on Exodus 34:26- :; Exodus 34:26).

[Exodus 34:26- :. LAW OF THE TITHE].

Verse 22

22-27. Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed—The dedication of a tenth part of the year's produce in everything was then a religious duty. It was to be brought as an offering to the sanctuary; and, where distance prevented its being taken in kind, it was by this statute convertible into money.

Verse 28

28, 29. At the end of three years . . . the Levite . . . shall come, &c.—The Levites having no inheritance like the other tribes, the Israelites were not to forget them, but honestly to tithe their increase [ :-]. Besides the tenth of all the land produce, they had forty-eight cities, with the surrounding grounds [ :-], "the best of the land," and a certain proportion of the sacrifices as their allotted perquisites. They had, therefore, if not an affluent, yet a comfortable and independent, fund for their support.

Bibliographical Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 14". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jfb/deuteronomy-14.html. 1871-8.
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