English Revised Version

Deuteronomy 23

Who may not enter into the congregation.

Deuteronomy 23:1 He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the assembly of the LORD. Deuteronomy 23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation shall none of his enter into the assembly of the LORD. Deuteronomy 23:3 An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter into the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation shall none belonging to them enter into the assembly of the LORD for ever: Deuteronomy 23:4 because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee. Deuteronomy 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee. Deuteronomy 23:6 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

Deuteronomy 23:7 Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land. Deuteronomy 23:8 The children of the third generation that are born unto them shall enter into the assembly of the LORD.

Uncleanness to be avoided in the host.

Deuteronomy 23:9 When thou goest forth in camp against thine enemies, then thou shalt keep thee from every evil thing.

Deuteronomy 23:10 If there be among you any man, that is not clean by reason of that which chanceth him by night, then shall he go abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the camp: Deuteronomy 23:11 but it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall bathe himself in water: and when the sun is down, he shall come within the camp.

Deuteronomy 23:12 Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad: Deuteronomy 23:13 and thou shalt have a paddle among thy weapons; and it shall be, when thou sittest down abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee: Deuteronomy 23:14 for the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.

Of the fugitive servant.

Deuteronomy 23:15 Thou shalt not deliver unto his master a servant which is escaped from his master unto thee: Deuteronomy 23:16 he shall dwell with thee, in the midst of thee, in the place which he shall choose within one of thy gates, where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him.

Of filthiness.

Deuteronomy 23:17 There shall be no harlot of the daughters of Israel, neither shall there be a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

Of abominable sacrifices.

Deuteronomy 23:18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the wages of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Of usury.

Deuteronomy 23:19 Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury: Deuteronomy 23:20 unto a foreigner thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou puttest thine hand unto, in the land whither thou goest in to possess it.

Of vows.

Deuteronomy 23:21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not be slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. Deuteronomy 23:22 But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee. Deuteronomy 23:23 That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt observe and do; according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, a freewill offering, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.

Of trespasses.

Deuteronomy 23:24 When thou comest into thy neighbour's vineyard, then thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel. Deuteronomy 23:25 When thou comest into thy neighbour's standing corn, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour's standing corn.

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