|Overview - Deuteronomy 23|
|1||Who may or may not enter into the congregation.|
|9||Uncleanness is to be avoided in the host.|
|15||Of the fugitive servant.|
|18||Of abominable sacrifices.|
Deuteronomy 23:1 (King James Version)
He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
- Leviticus 21:17-21 ; 22:22-24 Galatians 3:28
- shall not enter
- It is evident that his law was not meant to exclude such Israelites either from the common benefits of civil society, or any essential religious advantages; but merely to lay them under a disgraceful distinction. This would tend to discourage parents from thus treating their children; a practice which was exceedingly common in those ages and countries. To this they were induced by the custom which prevailed, of employing such in the houses of the great and the courts of princes; so that they often rose to the highest posts of honour and authority. Some expositors therefore consider the phrase, "shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord," as meaning, that they should be incapable of bearing any office in that government which was placed over the people of God, who must thus enter a protest against this custom, and deliver selfish parents from this temptation.
- Deuteronomy 23:2 Deuteronomy 23:3 Deuteronomy 23:8 ; Nehemiah 13:1-3 ; Isaiah 56:3 Isaiah 56:4 ; Lamentations 1:10