Clean Fish / Fins and Scales

fins and scalesClean Fish, easy peasy, right?! Pleasing Yehovah in this area of our life is not hard. Of all the things that come from the waters, only those which have fins and scales are considered as “clean” or “tahor” by Him.

Yehovah says that the things Israel eats which come from the waters must have fins and scales. Knowing Yehovah and becoming holy as he is holy is a lifetime process; just as we seek to learn and do His ways, we must also understand and emulate His attitudes. How does the Creator of all things feel about us eating things from the waters which were not meant for food?

“I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts. A people who provoke Me to anger continually to My face who slaughter in gardens, and burn incense on altars of brick, who sit among the graves, and spend the night in the tombs; who eat swine’s flesh, and the broth of abominable things is in their vessels; who say, ‘Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am holier than you!’ These are smoke in My nostrils, a fire that burns all the day.” (Isa 65:1-5)

This is a picture of the “Christian Church” who believe they have a right standing before Yehovah and can do and eat what they please. Yehovah says they are smoke in His nostrils! Does that sound like something pleasing to Him?

In clean

Clean and Unclean Animals we saw that eating animals like swine (pig, hog, pork) and that which is made from this unclean animal (bacon, ham, lard, most sausage and pepperoni) do not conform or promote Yehovah’s image in the earth and are therefore considered unclean [tamei] because they do not chew their cud and have split hooves. Having these two characteristics is what Yehovah uses to delineate between animals which are clean [tahor] and do represent His image in the earth, from those that don’t.

This past Sukkot, me and about 200 other were served a white fish for dinner that turned out to be part of the catfish family which Yehovah says is an abomination and should not be eaten. Augh – I almost threw-up my food right at the table when I found out what we had eaten and then had the worst night’s sleep of my time there as I considered all the other abominable food I might have been given. What I eat is important to me because I love my Creator and I want to please Him by being a light in the world even with what I eat. To eat or do something that He calls an abomination is something that I will always choose to avoid.

So what does the word “abomination” mean?

Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines  abomination as “Extreme hatred; detestation.”

In Hebrew the word being translated as “abomination” is שׁקץ (sheh’-kets). Jeff Benner in His Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible says,

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שׁקץ (ShQTs) ac: Detest co: Filthy ab: ?: A dirty and detestable thing.

Why would anyone who says that he loves the Elohim (the lawmaker and judge) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ever want to be involved with anything that He says is שׁקץ (sheh’-kets)?

Clean Fish Must Haves Fins And Scales

Like the animals  (the behemoths) of the earth the Creator says that those things that live in the water which are good for food also have two distinguishing characteristics; they must have both fins and scales.

Clean fish have fins and scalesThese you may eat of all that are in the water: whatever in the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers—that you may eat. But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which is in the water, they are an abomination to you. They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, and you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination. Whatever in the water does not have fins and scales—that shall be an abomination to you.” (Lev 11:9-12)

“These you may eat of all that are in the waters: you may eat all that have fins and scales. And whatever does not have fins and scales you shall not eat; it is unclean for you. (Deu 14:9-10)

Fins And Scales Makes It Easy

Easy peasy, right?! Pleasing Yehovah in this area of our life is not rocket science. Like the four-footed animals, the behemoth of the earth, the fish that Yehovah’s people are to eat, sustain themselves from living food, and not from the bottom of the sea, lakes and rivers where the dead and the filth accumulates. The garbage cans of the waters are primarily shell-fish and other fish that dwell at their bottoms.

Here is one list of fish that are acceptable in promoting the Creator’s image in the earth and a second list of the abominations which shall not be eaten by His people. Hope this helps you.

Clean Fish
(Having both Fins and Scales)

Alewife
Anchovy
Barracuda
Bass
Black Pomfret (or Monchong)
Bluefish
Bluegill
Branzino or Branzini (plural)
Carp
Cod
Cobia
Crappie
Drum
Flounder
Grouper
Grunt
Haddock
Hake
Halibut
Hardhead
Herring or Alewife
Indo-Pacific King Mackerel
Kingcroaker
Kingfish
Mackerel, King Mackerel
Mahimahi or Dorado, Dol
phinfish [not to be confused with the mammal Dolphin]
Minnow
Mullet
Narrrow-barred Spanish Mackerel
Opah
Perch or Bream
Pike or Pickerel or Jack
Pollack or Pollock or Boston
Bluefish
Rockfish
Salmon
Sardine or Pilchard
Shad
Sheepshead
Silver Hake or Whiting
Smelt or Frostfish or Icefish
Snapper or Ebu, Job-fish, Lehi, Onaga, Opakapaka or Uku
Sole
Steel head
Sucker
Sunfish
Tarpon
Tilapia
Trout or Weakfish
Tuna or Ahi, Aku, Albacore,
Bonito or Tombo
Turbot [except European Turbot]
Wahoo
White Croaker
Whitefish
Whiting
Yellowtail Amberjack

[Note: Thousands of people come to this page every year. But few ever stop to investigate this site. PLEASE don’t leave without learning about the Ger and the Ezrach; eating clean is good, but Yehovah never told any Gentile to do so. He told His people to, AFTER they left Egypt.]

Unclean Things From The Waters
(Which DO NOT Have both Fins And Scales)

Fish

Basa
Bullhead
Catfish
Eel
European Turbot
Marlin
Paddlefish
Shark
Stickleback
Sturgeon (includes most caviar)
Swai (Asian catfish)
Swordfish

 

Shell-fish

Abalone
Clam
Conch
Crab
Crayfish (Crawfish,
Crawdad)
Krill
Lobster
Mussel
Oyster
Scallop
Shrimp (Prawn)

 

Soft body

Cuttlefish
Jellyfish
Limpet
Octopus
Squid (Calamari)

 

Sea mammals

Dolphin
Otter
Porpoise
Seal
Walrus
Whale


Go to Clean Birds

Clean Animals

Clean Bugs

What does Clean and Unclean Mean?

Meat “Sacrificed” to “Idols” (9 Parts)
Oh my! We are all doing this, unless we are slaughtering our own animals. Many want to obey Leviticus 11, but completely ignore Leviticus 17. Failure to understand this will get a man (with his family) kicked out of Israel.

Did Peter really say all things are clean?

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Are you or any of your friends new to the Hebrew roots of the faith that Noah, Abraham and Yeshua (Jesus) lived and taught? Have you been in this walk for a while and want to go deeper? Here is a link with some great, and free programs, that will assist you in your journey.
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Men and women have different duties and responsibilities in Yehovah’s kingdom; and failure to understand those differences will adversely effect your life now and, in the long term, determine whether or not you will live eternally. We must learn what Yehovah’s created purpose is for a man and for a woman. Here is a great place to begin.
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50 thoughts on “Clean Fish / Fins and Scales

  1. I have a question. we decided to follow the biblical diet of eating because my family has a history of heart disease, diabetes,high blood pressure and high cholesterol. the question is swai fish and buffalo fish good to eat?

    1. Just do some quick research on those two fish Alpha and see if they have fins and scales.

      For me, the main reason to adopt a “biblical diet” would be to please the Creator, and the health benefits that come from that decision would be a bonus.

  2. Thanks for this list! But just a note: I’m a Christian of the Seventh Day Adventist denomination and we follow God’s guide to eating as per Leviticus 11, most Christians believe they can eat what they please.

  3. Could you please clarify one more thing regarding clean fish? What if the clean fish eat unclean fish? Are we looking for fish that only feed on clean fish and plant life?

    I ask because we eat clean animals that are vegetarians.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Val! You asked. “Are we looking for fish that only feed on clean fish and plant life?”

      The answer to your question is no. To make that so we would have to add to Yehovah’s word. He said we can eat anything that comes from the waters that has fins and scales.

      A nice and clean ways to know what is tahor.

      Thanks for reading.

      Michael

      1. I’m attempted to learn Hebrew, it such a beautiful language making you feel a bit closer to the Almighty Creator. Learning how every alphabet is related to each other and the reason why it came to be.

        1. So many “and” in the bible, many scriptures start with “and”. Any significant to it? Is it an hebrew language thing? Can you help?

  4. I made a comment earlier today about gentiles keeping the law… i was wrong. And I’d like to apologize for possibly misleading anyone… Gentiles were not instructed to keep the law, Israel was. Have a great day!

    1. Hello Lloyd! Thank for checking my site and leaving a comment.

      Yes – Sardines, or pilchards, are common names used to refer to various small, oily fish within the herring family of Clupeidae and have both fins and scales.

      1. Shalom! Shalom! In the Mighty Name of Yehovah our Elohiym and Yeshua his Son! So this means Clupeidae are a clean fish? I got a product that is all natural for cleaning the blood stream and skin, and it has Clupeidae fish oil powder in it ??

        1. I think you are okay! Sardines, or pilchards, are common names used to refer to various small, oily fish within the herring family of Clupeidae and have both fins and scales.

  5. Hallelujah , Hallelujah, Hallelujah praise the mighty mighty Elohim. I want to thank you for this information which is very vital to my life and others. And I want to thank the almighty for his wisdom and his knowledge of all things to keep us healthy and to protect us from ourselves. Again I Want To Praise the mighty Elohim.

  6. Thanks for the Good Message…
    was just researching earlier on Sharks…to find out do they have scales or not….Could u please help me out…
    Do sharks have Scales??

    1. Thanks for the comment Patrick. No, sharks do not have scales and are considered unacceptable as food for Yehovah’s people to eat.

  7. Hello in Jesus mighty name! Can you please inform me about yellowfin sole and plaice if they are clean fish?

  8. Tilapia and Swai fish are very bad for your health. I don’t eat those either, fins or no fins. I’m a Christian, but have chosen only to eat the meat and fish God told us to eat. I love your website.

    1. I agree Anonymous – well Tilapia does appear to have both fins and scales it, for the most part, is domestically raised very poorly and not fit for me to eat. Swai is a relation to Catfish and is unclean for Yehovah’s people.

  9. Hi. Please can someone throw more light on who are the Gentiles. Am from Nigeria and i believe in GOD Almighty Father and in Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Saviour. But i need a clearer understanding on the Jewish and Gentiles

    1. Dear Temitope, I so appreciate your question. And even your question demonstrates the confusion that is in the minds of practically all people. Trying to understand how a man comes to Yehovah in the contest of words like “Jewish,” “Gentile” even “Christian.” Oh man, we have learned many lies and have so much to relearn and learn anew. We do not know the differing roles of a man and his woman. We don’t know who the two kinds of men are who are in Yehovah’s kingdom (the native born men, who actually are Israel, and the Ger who dwell with them) nor how a man joins himself to Yehovah and His kingdom. Israel are spiritually born men. Being a “Jew,” (which is short for Jewish) is at best 1/12 of Israel and being simply born a Jew does NOT make a man (and especially NOT a woman) one of Yehovah’s people (true Israel).

      All that said I would like to suggest that you read some thing that will help give you greater clarity as to how a man (a Gentile) who is not one of Yehovah’s spiritually born men (an Ezrach) becomes first a Ger (stranger who dwells with Yehovah’s people and then at Passover actually becomes one of them. Here is the start of a series of 8 blogs that will teach you that process. http://weareisrael.org/born-again-series/journey-begins/

      And to better understand the role of a woman, I’d like to suggest the readings that are attached to this article. http://weareisrael.org/woman-of-worth/

      I hope these writings help to clarify your questions or at least refine your questions with some deeper understandings. Sorry I was so slow in writing this, I’ll try to be faster next time.

      May you find a deeper walk with Yehovah as you seek His with all your heart, soul and strength. http://weareisrael.org/torah-101/

      Michael

  10. What about the fact that caucasians are not the true seed of Abraham, Issac and Jacob but so-called negroes are?

  11. Thanks for the info and this is a great site for people who are truely seeking Yahweh’s Words and what He wants us as believers to do and what we can eat and not eat . Blessings to Y’all in Yahshuas name

    1. Greetings to you as well Samuel.

      Thompson is another name for Pollan (a relation to Salmon) which seems to only be found in Ireland. I am happy to report that it has both fins and scales and has been added to our “Clean Fish” list.

  12. Hi I notice kingfish and trout are on the list of clean fish. I have never ate or purchase it because I was told its unclean. Please help thanks.

    1. Thank you for the comment Marissa. Trout most certainly has both fins and scales. However I did have to do some additional research on Kingfish. It appears that it is a bit of a catch-all for many kinds of fish around the world. They include King Mackerel, Kingcroaker, Narrrow-barred Spanish Mackerel, White Croaker, Cobia, Wahoo and Yellowtail Amberjack, Opah, and Indo-Pacific King Mackerel which all have fins and scales. But there were a few fish on the list that have scales on only part of their body, but not all. They were Crevalle Jack, Silver Gemfish and Giant Trevally.

      1. Hello Michael. Please, I like Titus fish a lot. I want to know if it’s part of clean or unclean fish to be eaten. Thanks for your expose`. Good job you are doing.

        1. Hello Jerry,

          I’m sorry, I can not confirm that the Titus fish is either clean or unclean. It seems to be a member of the Mackerel family and it does have fins. If it does has scales, they are very fine.

          Michael

  13. After LOVING AND READING AHAYAH WORD AND FOR YEARS OF NOT UNDERSTANDING IT HAVING JUST FOUND OUT THAT THE BLACK PEOPLE ARE THE TRUE HEBREW ISRAELITES (THE JEWS) I FIND THIS INFORMATION TO BE VERY HELPFUL, THANK YOU..
    SHALOM

    1. Oh my, Cheryl you are very confused. Race has NOTHING to do with who Yehovah’s people, true Israel are. I read your comment and I wanted to trash it right off the bat, but I then thought to myself how often have I heard people say such things.

      Yehovah has only two kinds of men in His camp; the Native Born [the Ezrach] and the Stranger [the Ger] who dwell with them. Once a year, at Passover, the Ger has the opportunity (yea, the duty) to bring the offering that Yehovah requires and become an Ezrach. These Ezrach men ARE true Israel. The process of becoming an Ezrach has NOTHING to do with race. You can begin reading about the Ezrach and the Ger who dwell with them right here. The Native Born Man And The Stranger

  14. Thank you so very much. I appreciate your information I’m trying to learn because I want to live right in the eyes of our God.

    1. What better motivation can any man or woman have? “To live right in the eyes of Yehovah.” To do that we must learn His created purpose for a man and for a woman. Thanks for the kind comment.

  15. Thank you for this page. I have one comment, In Genesis chapter 7, God told Noah to bring into the ark 2 of each animal and 7 of the clean animals, so this tells me that even before the flood the people knew what animals were clean and unclean. Even before the nation of Israel existed.

    1. Yes Nitza, a very interesting observation on your part. It shows me that Yehovah statutes, judgement and ordinances have been with His called out people for a very long time. Yehovah does not change, and His words and ways will endure forever. His set-apart ways were taught by His Melchizedeks since the time of Adam. They were the ones who had possession of “The Rod Of Elohim.”

      Thanks for the comment!

      Michael

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