Deuteronomy 23 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 "No man {with crushed testicles}a or [whose] {male organ is cut off}b may come into the assembly of Yahweh. 2 An illegitimate child may not come into the assembly of Yahweh; even [to] the tenth generation none {of his descendants}c may come into the assembly of Yahweh. 3 An Ammonite or a Moabite may not come into the assembly of Yahweh; even [to] the tenth generation none {of his descendants}d may come into the assembly of Yahweh {forever},e 4 {because}f they did not come to meet you with food and with water {when you came out of Egypt},g and [also] {because}h theyi hired Balaam, son of Beor, from Pethor, in Aram Naharaimj [to act] against you to curse you 5 But Yahweh your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, and Yahweh your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because Yahweh your God loved you. 6 You shall not promote their welfare or their prosperity all your days {forever}.k 7 "You shall not abhor an Edomite, because he [is] your brother; you shall not abhor an Egyptian because you were an alien in his land. 8 The childrenl [that] are born to them [in] the third generation may come {representing them}m in the assembly of Yahweh. 9 "Ifn you go out to encamp against your enemies, then you shall guard against [doing] anything evil. 10 "If [there] is among you a man that is not clean because of a seminal emission {during the night},o he shall go outside the camp; he shall not come within the camp. 11 {And then}p toward the {coming}q of the evening, he shall bathe withr water, and at the going downs of the sun, he may come to the midst of the camp. 12 "And there shall be for you a designated place outside the camp; {and you shall go there to relieve yourself},t 13 and a digging toolu shall [be included] in addition to your [other] utensilsv for yourself; {and then}w {when you relieve yourself}x outside [the camp] you shall dig with it, and [then] you shall turn, and you shall cover your excrement. 14 For Yahweh your God [is] walking about in the midst of your camp to deliver you and {to hand your enemies over to you before you},y and so let your camp be holy, so that he shall not see in it {anything indecent},z and he shall turn away {from going with you}.aa 15 "And you shall not hand over a slave to his master who has escaped [and fled] to you from his master. 16 He shall reside with you in your midst in the place that he chooses in one of {your towns wherever he pleases};bb you shall not oppress him. 17 "No woman {of Israel}cc shall be a temple prostitute, and no man {of Israel}dd shall be a male shrine prostitute. 18 You may not bring the {hire}ee of a prostitute or {the earnings of a male prostitute}ff [into] the house of Yahweh your God, for any vow offerings, because {both}gg are a detestable thing to Yahweh your God. 19 "{You shall not charge your brother interest on money},hh interest onii food, or interest onjj anything that one could lendkk on interest 20 You may lend on interest to the foreigner, but to your countrymanll you may not lend on interest, so that Yahweh your God may bless you {in all your undertakings}mm in {the land where you are going},nn {in order to take possession of it}.oo 21 "{When you make a vow}pp to Yahweh your God, you shall not postpone {fulfillment of it},qq [for] certainly Yahweh your God shall require it from you and [if postponed] {you will incur guilt}. 22 And {if you refrain from vowing},rr {you shall not incur guilt}.ss 23 The utterance of your lips {you must perform diligently}tt [just] as you have vowed freely to Yahweh your God whatever [it was] that you promiseduu with your mouth. 24 "Whenvv you come into the vineyard of your neighbor, then you may eat grapes {as you please}ww and {until you are full},xx but you shall not put [any] into your container. 25 "Whenyy you come into the standing grain of your neighbor, then you may pluck ears with your hand, but you may not {swing}zz a sickle among the standing grain of your neighbor."
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