THE FIFTH BOOK OF
D E U T E R O N O M Y
Deuteronomy 23 ©
Who might not at all enter into the congregation of the LORD, and who on the contrary might, v. 1, etc. How and why the field camp was to be kept clean and pure, 9. How a servant was to be dealt with who had run away from his master, 15. Concerning whores and sodomites, 17. Concerning usury, 19. Concerning vows, 21. Concerning the picking of grapes and ears of corn, 24.
HE that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter 1into the congregation of the LORD.
2A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
An Ammonitea or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:
Because they met you not 3with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because 4they hired against thee Balaamb the son of Beor of Pethor of 5Mesopotamia, to curse thee.
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.
Thou shalt not seek their 6peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.
¶Thou shalt not abhor an 7Edomite; for he is 8thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land.
The children that are begotten of them 9shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in their third generation.
¶When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing.
¶If there be among you any man, that is not clean by reason of uncleanness that 10chanceth him by night, then shall he go abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the camp:
But it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall wash himself with water: and when the sun is down, he shall come into the camp again.
¶Thou shalt have a 11place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad:
And thou shalt have a paddlec12upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt 13ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee:
For the LORD thy God 14walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies 15before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that 16he see 17no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.
¶Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from 18his master unto thee:
He shall 19dwell with thee, even among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy 20gates, where it liketh him best: thou shalt not oppress him.
¶There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a 21sodomite of the sons of Israel.
Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the 22price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
¶Thou shalt not 23lendd upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury:
Unto a stranger thou 24mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee 25in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
¶When thou shalt vow ae vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will 26surely require it of thee; and it would be 27sin in thee.
But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee.
28That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.
¶When thou comest into thy neighbour's vineyard, then thou mayest 29eat grapes 30thy fill at thine own pleasure; but thou shalt not put any in thy vessel.
When thou comest into the standingf corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the 31ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not 32move a sickle unto thy neighbour's standing corn.