Deuteronomy 23:6
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New International Version
Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them as long as you live.

New Living Translation
As long as you live, you must never promote the welfare and prosperity of the Ammonites or Moabites.

English Standard Version
You shall not seek their peace or their prosperity all your days forever.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall never seek their peace or their prosperity all your days.

King James Bible
Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Never seek their peace or prosperity as long as you live.

International Standard Version
Don't seek a peace treaty with them as long as you live.

NET Bible
You must not seek peace and prosperity for them through all the ages to come.

New Heart English Bible
You shall not seek their peace nor their prosperity all your days forever.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never offer them peace or friendship as long as you live.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

New American Standard 1977
“You shall never seek their peace or their prosperity all your days.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not seek their peace nor their prosperity all your days forever.

American King James Version
You shall not seek their peace nor their prosperity all your days for ever.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not make peace with them, neither shalt thou seek their prosperity all the days of thy life for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt not seek their peace, nor their prosperity all thy days for ever.

World English Bible
You shall not seek their peace nor their prosperity all your days forever.

Young's Literal Translation
thou dost not seek their peace and their good all thy days -- to the age.
Study Bible
Exclusion from the Congregation
5"Nevertheless, the LORD your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loves you. 6"You shall never seek their peace or their prosperity all your days. 7"You shall not detest an Edomite, for he is your brother; you shall not detest an Egyptian, because you were an alien in his land.…
Cross References
Ezra 9:12
So now do not give your daughters to their sons nor take their daughters to your sons, and never seek their peace or their prosperity, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it as an inheritance to your sons forever.'

Daniel 4:27
Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you: break away now from your sins by doing righteousness and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity.'
Treasury of Scripture

You shall not seek their peace nor their prosperity all your days for ever.

Thou shalt

2 Samuel 8:2 And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down …

2 Samuel 12:31 And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under …

Ezra 9:12 Now therefore give not your daughters to their sons, neither take …

Nehemiah 13:23-25 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of …

prosperity [heb] good

Verse 6. - Israel was not to seek, i.e. care for and use means to promote, the welfare of these nations. Individuals, however, of these nations might be naturalized in Israel, and as proselytes enter the congregation, as the case of Ruth proves. It was against the nations, as such, that this ban was directed, and this they had brought on themselves by choosing to be enemies of Israel when they might have been friends and allies. 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 (o) 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.

(o) Hilchot Melachim, c. 6. sect. 6. 23:1-8 We ought to value the privileges of God's people, both for ourselves and for our children, above all other advantages. No personal blemishes, no crimes of our forefathers, no difference of nation, shuts us out under the Christian dispensation. But an unsound heart will deprive us of blessings; and a bad example, or an unsuitable marriage, may shut our children from them.
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