Deuteronomy 23

Persons Excluded from the Assembly

1 a  No one who is
Lit wounded by crushing of testicles
emasculated or has his male organ cut off shall enter the assembly of the  Lord.
2No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the  Lord; none of his descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the  Lord. 3 c  No Ammonite or Moabite shall enter the assembly of the  Lord; none of their descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall ever enter the assembly of the  Lord, 4 d  because they did not meet you with
Lit bread
food and water on the way when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you f  Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of
Heb Aram-naharaim
Mesopotamia, to curse you.
5“Nevertheless, the  Lord your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the  Lord your God h  turned the curse into a blessing for you because the  Lord your God i  loves you. 6 j  You shall never seek their peace or their prosperity all your days.

7You shall not detest an Edomite, for k  he is your brother; you shall not detest an Egyptian, l  because you were an alien in his land. 8The sons of the third generation who are born to them may enter the assembly of the  Lord.

9When you go out as
Or a camp
an army against your enemies, you shall keep yourself from every evil thing.

10 n  If there is among you any man who is unclean because of a nocturnal emission, then he must go outside the camp; he may not
Lit come to the midst of
reenter the camp.
11But it shall be when evening approaches, he shall bathe himself with water, and at sundown he may
Lit come to the midst of
reenter the camp.

12You shall also have a place outside the camp and go out there, 13and you shall have a
Lit peg
spade among your tools, and it shall be when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and shall turn
Lit and
to cover up your excrement.
14Since s  the  Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to
Lit give
defeat your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be u  holy; and He must not see
Lit nakedness of anything
anything indecent among you
Lit and
or He will turn away from you.

15 x  You shall not hand over to his master a slave who has
Lit delivered himself
escaped from his master to you.
16He shall live with you in your midst, in the place which he shall choose in one of your
Lit gates
towns where it pleases him; aa  you shall not mistreat him.

17 ab  None of the daughters of Israel shall be a cult prostitute ac  nor shall any of the sons of Israel be a cult prostitute. 18You shall not bring the hire of a harlot or the wages of a
I.e. male prostitute, sodomite
ae  dog into the house of the  Lord your God for any votive offering, for both of these are an abomination to the  Lord your God.

19 af  You shall not charge interest to your
Lit brother
countrymen: interest on money, food, or anything that may be loaned at interest.
20 ah  You may charge interest to a foreigner, but to your
Lit brother
countrymen you shall not charge interest, so that aj  the  Lord your God may bless you in all
Lit the putting forth of your hand
that you undertake in the land which you are about to enter to
Lit possess it

21 am  When you make a vow to the  Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it, for it would be sin in you,
Lit for
and the  Lord your God will surely require it of you.
22However, if you refrain from vowing, it would not be sin in you. 23You shall be careful to perform what goes out from your lips, just as you have voluntarily vowed to the  Lord your God, what you have
Lit spoken with your mouth

24When you enter your neighbor’s vineyard, then you may eat grapes
Lit according to your satisfaction of your soul
until you are fully satisfied, but you shall not put any in your
Or vessel

25 ar  When you enter your neighbor’s standing grain, then you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not wield a sickle in your neighbor’s standing grain.
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