Bishops' Bible

Deuteronomy 23

Who may not enter into the congregation.

Deuteronomy 23:1 None that is hurt by burstyng, or hath his priuie members cut of, shal come into the congregation of ye Lord. Deuteronomy 23:2 And a bastarde shall not come into the congregation of the Lorde: no not in the tenth generation he shall not enter into the congregation of the Lorde. Deuteronomy 23:3 The Ammonites and the Moabites shall not come into the congregation of the Lorde, no not in the tenth generation, nor they shall neuer come into the congregation of the Lorde: Deuteronomy 23:4 Because they met you not with bread and water in the way, when ye came out of Egypt, and because they hyred against thee Balaam the sonne of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee. Deuteronomy 23:5 Neuerthelesse, the Lorde thy God woulde not hearken vnto Balaam: but the Lord thy God turned the curse to a blessing vnto thee, because the Lord thy God loued thee. Deuteronomy 23:6 Thou shalt not seeke their peace nor wealth all thy dayes, for euer.

Deuteronomy 23:7 Thou shalt not abhorre an Edomite, for he is thy brother: neither shalt thou abhorre an Egyptian, because thou wast a straunger in his lande. Deuteronomy 23:8 The children that are begotten of the, shal come into the congregation of the Lorde in the thirde generation.

Uncleanness to be avoided in the host.

Deuteronomy 23:9 When thou goest out with the hoast against thyne enemies, kepe thee from all wickednesse.

Deuteronomy 23:10 If there be among you any man that is vncleane, by the reason of vncleannesse that chaunceth hym by nyght: let him go out of the hoast, and not come in agayne into the hoast. Deuteronomy 23:11 But at euen let hym washe hym selfe with water: and then when the sunne is downe, let hym come into the hoast agayne.

Deuteronomy 23:12 Thou shalt haue a place also without the hoast, whyther thou shalt resort to. Deuteronomy 23:13 And thou shalt haue a paddle staffe vpon thy weapon: and when thou wilt ease thy selfe, digge therwith, and turne and couer that which is departed from thee. Deuteronomy 23:14 For the Lorde thy God walketh in the middes of thyne hoast, to ryd thee, and to set thyne enemies before thee: Therfore shall the place of thyne hoast be pure; that he see do vncleane thyng in thee, and so turne him selfe from thee.

Of the fugitive servant.

Deuteronomy 23:15 Thou shalt not deliuer vnto his maister, the seruaunt whiche is escaped from his maister vnto thee. Deuteronomy 23:16 He shall dwell with thee [euen] among you, in what place he hym selfe liketh best, in one of thy cities where it is good for hym, and thou shalt not vexe hym.

Of filthiness.

Deuteronomy 23:17 There shalbe no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor whore keper of the sonnes of Israel.

Of abominable sacrifices.

Deuteronomy 23:18 Thou shalt neither bryng the hyre of a whore, nor the pryce of a dogge into the house of the Lorde thy God, in any maner of bowe: for eue both of them are abhomination vnto the Lord thy God.

Of usury.

Deuteronomy 23:19 Thou shalt not hurt thy brother by vsurie of money, nor by vsurie of corne, nor by vsurie of any thyng that he may be hurt withall. Deuteronomy 23:20 Unto a straunger thou mayest lend vpon vsurie, but not vnto thy brother: that the Lord thy God may blesse thee in all that thou settest thyne hande to in the lande whyther thou goest to possesse it.

Of vows.

Deuteronomy 23:21 When thou hast vowed a vowe vnto the Lorde thy God, thou shalt not flacke to pay it: For the Lorde thy God wyll surely require it of thee, and it shalbe sinne in thee. Deuteronomy 23:22 If thou shalt leaue bowyng, it shalbe no sinne in thee. Deuteronomy 23:23 But that whiche is once gone out of thy lippes, thou must kepe and do, accordyng as thou hast vowed vnto the Lorde thy God of a freewyll, and as thou hast spoken with thy mouth.

Of trespasses.

Deuteronomy 23:24 When thou commest into thy neighbours vineyarde, thou mayest eate grapes thy belly ful at thine owne pleasure: but thou shalt put none in thy vessell. Deuteronomy 23:25 Euen so, when thou commest into thy neighbours corne, thou mayest plucke the eares with thyne hande: but thou shalt not moue a sickle vnto thy neyghbours corne.

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