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An 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, Bible

“An Ammonite or a Moabite is not to enter the assembly of Yahweh.” Some commentators think that the prohibition of Moabites and Ammonites entering the congregation of Israel applied only to Ammonite or Moabite males, not females. This would better explain how an Israelite man, Boaz, married Ruth (see also Ruth 1:4).

“forever.” The Hebrew word is often used hyperbolically, and can mean “for a long time,” and in this situation, ten generations is considered “forever.”


Commentary for: Deuteronomy 23:3