Deuteronomy 23:6

6 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity[a] all thy days for ever.

Deuteronomy 23:6 Meaning and Commentary

Deuteronomy 23:6

Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy
days for ever.
] Not that they were to retain malice towards them, or indulge a spirit of revenge, or not do them any good offices in a private way, which is contrary to the law of love; nor does this contradict any offices of kindness and friendship that might be performed in a personal way: so we find that David had a kindness for Hanun the Ammonite, and showed it, though ill rewarded for it, yet is not blamed for doing it; ( 2 Samuel 10:2 ) for these words respect not persons in a private capacity, but the people of Israel as a body politic, who, as such, were not to carry on trade and commerce with those people, nor intermarry with them, nor make leagues and enter into alliances with them; the reason of which was, because being very near neighbours to them, had there not been such a law, as a wall of partition between them, they might have become very familiar, and so have learnt their evil ways and customs, which this was designed to prevent: the Jews restrain F15 this to overtures and proclamations of peace, which they were not to make with these nations, as they were directed to do when they went out to war with others, ( Deuteronomy 20:10 ) .


F15 Hilchot Melachim, c. 6. sect. 6.

Deuteronomy 23:6 In-Context

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 of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee
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.
6 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.
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.
8 The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in their third generation.

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The King James Version is in the public domain.