Deuteronomy 14:29

Hebrew Bible

27 As for the Levites in your villages, you must not ignore them, for they have no allotment or inheritance along with you. 28 At the end of every three years you must bring all the tithe of your produce, in that very year, and you must store it up in your villages. 29 Then the Levites (because they have no allotment or inheritance with you), the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows of your villages may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work you do.

Letter of Jeremiah 1:28


26 Having no feet, they are carried on the shoulders of others, revealing to humankind their worthlessness. And those who serve them are put to shame 27 because, if any of these gods falls to the ground, they themselves must pick it up. If anyone sets it upright, it cannot move itself; and if it is tipped over, it cannot straighten itself. Gifts are placed before them just as before the dead. 28 The priests sell the sacrifices that are offered to these gods and use the money themselves. Likewise their wives preserve some of the meat with salt, but give none to the poor or helpless. 29 Sacrifices to them may even be touched by women in their periods or at childbirth. Since you know by these things that they are not gods, do not fear them. 30 For how can they be called gods? Women serve meals for gods of silver and gold and wood;

 Notes and References

"... The letter is untypical of early Jewish literature in its inclusion of two references to the involvement in worship of women, both Jewish (verse 28) and gentile (verses 42–43). The first reinforces the Levitical prescriptions around ritual impurity at the times of menstruation and childbirth (Leviticus 12:1–8; 15:19–31). The second critiques the sexual activity and fertility rites practiced as part of some ancient religions, but explicitly forbidden by Israel’s law (e.g., Deuteronomy 23:17–18). The implication that the women working as temple prostitutes are blameworthy, rather than victims of sexual slavery, reflects ancient rather than modern worldviews. In a further reference to women, the wives of the priests are specifically included within the wider critique of the deception and corruption of the gentile cults: they are thus condemned for keeping for themselves the food offered in sacrifice to the gods, and failing to share any of it with the poor (verse 27). Women in general are also assumed to love ornaments and money (verses 8–10), a stereotype found elsewhere in early Jewish (e.g., 1 Enoch 8:1) and early Christian (e.g., 1 Timothy 2:9–15) sources ..."

Docherty, Susan "The Epistle of Jeremiah" in Oegema, Gerbern S. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha (pp. 397-409) Oxford University Press, 2021

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