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Go to Commentary on Deut 23
Exclusion From the Assembly

1“He who has his testicles crushed or his male organ cut off may not enter into the assembly of Yahweh.
  2A son born from a forbidden union is not to enter the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation no one descended from him is to enter into the assembly of Yahweh.
  3An Ammonite or a Moabite is not to enter the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation none belonging to them is to enter the assembly of Yahweh forever,
  4because they did not meet you on the road with bread and with water when you came out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia to curse you.
  5But Yahweh your God would not listen to Balaam, and Yahweh your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because Yahweh your God loves you.
  6You are not to seek their peace or their prosperity all your days, for the ages!
  7You are not to abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother; you are not to abhor an Egyptian, because you lived as a foreigner in his land.
  8The sons of the third generation who are born to them may enter into the assembly of Yahweh.

Uncleanness in the Camp

9When you are encamped against your enemies, then you are to keep yourselves from every evil thing.
  10If there is among you any man who is not ritually clean because of what happens to him by night, then must he go outside of the camp. He must not come inside the camp,
  11but as sunset comes near he must bathe himself in water, and when the sun is down he may come inside the camp.
  12You are to have a place outside the camp that you can go out to and relieve yourself.
  13And you must have a digging tool among your equipment. And when you squat down outside to relieve yourself, you are to dig with it and then turn back and cover your excrement;
  14for Yahweh your God walks around in the midst of your camp to protect you and to defeat your enemies before you; so your camp must be holy so that he does not see any indecent thing among you and turn away from you.

Miscellaneous Laws

15“Do not deliver to his lord a slave who has escaped from his lord to you;
  16he is to live with you in the midst of you, in the place that he will choose, within one of your gates that pleases him; do not oppress him.

17“There are to be no cult prostitutes of the daughters of Israel, nor is there to be a male cult prostitute of the sons of Israel.
  18You are not to bring the fee of a prostitute or the wages of a dog into the house of Yahweh your God for any vow; for the two of these are an abomination to Yahweh your God.

19“You are not to charge interest to your brother; interest on money that you lend, interest on food, or interest on anything that can be lent on interest;
  20to a foreigner you may charge interest, but to your brother you must not charge interest, that Yahweh your God may bless you in all that you put your hand to in the land where you are going in to possess it.

21“When you vow a vow to Yahweh your God, you are not to delay paying it, for Yahweh your God will require, yes, require it of you, and it will be counted as a sin to you.
  22But if you refrain from vowing, it will not be a sin to you.
  23Whatever has gone out of your lips you are to keep, and you are to do as you have vowed to Yahweh your God, it was a voluntary offering that you promised with your mouth.

24“When you come into your neighbor’s vineyard, then you may eat of grapes until your soul is satisfied, but you must not put any in your bag.
  25When you come into your neighbor’s standing grain, then you may pluck the ears with your hand; but you must not use a sickle on your neighbor’s standing grain.”

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