Deuteronomy 23* Who are shut out from the congregation. (1-8) Cleanlinessenjoined. (15-25) Of fugitive servants, Usury, and otherprecepts. (9-14)1-8 We ought to value the privileges of God's people, both forourselves and for our children, above all other advantages. Nopersonal blemishes, no crimes of our forefathers, no differenceof nation, shuts us out under the Christian dispensation. But anunsound heart will deprive us of blessings; and a bad example,or an unsuitable marriage, may shut our children from them. 9-14 The camp of the Lord must have nothing offensive in it. Ifthere must be this care taken to preserve the body clean, muchmore should we be careful to keep the mind pure. 15-25 It is honourable to shelter and protect the weak,provided they are not wicked. Proselytes and converts to thetruth, should be treated with particular tenderness, that theymay have no temptation to return to the world. We cannot honourGod with our substance, unless it be honestly and honourablycome by. It must not only be considered what we give, but how wegot it. Where the borrower gets, or hopes to get, it is justthat the lender should share the gain; but to him that borrowsfor necessary food, pity must be showed. That which is gone outof thy lips, as a solemn and deliberate vow, must not berecalled, but thou shalt keep and perform it punctually andfully. They were allowed to pluck and eat of the corn or grapesthat grew by the road side; only they must not carry any away.This law intimated what great plenty of corn and wine theyshould have in Canaan. It provided for the support of poortravellers, and teaches us to be kind to such, teaches us to beready to distribute, and not to think every thing lost that isgiven away. Yet it forbids us to abuse the kindness of friends,or to take advantage of what is allowed. Faithfulness to theirengagements should mark the people of God; and they should neverencroach upon others.
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