2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.
English Standard Version
2 "Speak to the people of Israel, saying, These are the living things that you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth.
2 "Speak to the People of Israel. Tell them: Of all the animals on Earth, these are the animals that you may eat:
New King James Version
2 "Speak to the children of Israel, saying, 'These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth:
New Living Translation
2 "Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. "Of all the land animals, these are the ones you may use for food.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Leviticus 11:2
What animals were clean and unclean.
These laws seem to have been intended, 1. As a test of the people's obedience, as Adam was forbidden to eat of the tree of knowledge; and to teach them self-denial, and the government of their appetites. 2. To keep the Israelites distinct from other nations. Many also of these forbidden animals were objects of superstition and idolatry to the heathen. 3. The people were taught to make distinctions between the holy and unholy in their companions and intimate connexions. 4. The law forbad, not only the eating of the unclean beasts, but the touching of them. Those who would be kept from any sin, must be careful to avoid all temptations to it, or coming near it. The exceptions are very minute, and all were designed to call forth constant care and exactness in their obedience; and to teach us to obey. Whilst we enjoy our Christian liberty, and are free from such burdensome observances, we must be careful not to abuse our liberty. For the Lord hath redeemed and called his people, that they may be holy, even as he is holy. We must come out, and be separate from the world; we must leave the company of the ungodly, and all needless connexions with those who are dead in sin; we must be zealous of good works devoted followers of God, and companions of his people.