Deuteronomy 23:9
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New International Version
When you are encamped against your enemies, keep away from everything impure.

New Living Translation
"When you go to war against your enemies, be sure to stay away from anything that is impure.

English Standard Version
“When you are encamped against your enemies, then you shall keep yourself from every evil thing.

New American Standard Bible
"When you go out as an army against your enemies, you shall keep yourself from every evil thing.

King James Bible
When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When you are encamped against your enemies, be careful to avoid anything offensive.

International Standard Version
"When you are encamped for battle against your enemies, be on guard against every form of impropriety.

NET Bible
When you go out as an army against your enemies, guard yourselves against anything impure.

New Heart English Bible
When you go forth in camp against your enemies, then you shall keep yourselves from every evil thing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you're at war and have set up camp to fight your enemies, stay away from anything that will make you unclean.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When thou goest forth in camp against thine enemies, then thou shalt keep thee from every evil thing.

New American Standard 1977
“When you go out as an army against your enemies, then you shall keep yourself from every evil thing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When the host goes forth against thine enemies, then keep thyself from every evil thing.

King James 2000 Bible
When the army goes forth against your enemies, then keep yourself from every wicked thing.

American King James Version
When the host goes forth against your enemies, then keep you from every wicked thing.

American Standard Version
When thou goest forth in camp against thine enemies, then thou shalt keep thee from every evil thing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When thou goest out to war against thy enemies, thou shalt keep thyself from every evil thing.

Darby Bible Translation
When thou goest forth into camp against thine enemies, then keep thee from every evil thing.

English Revised Version
When thou goest forth in camp against thine enemies, then thou shalt keep thee from every evil thing.

Webster's Bible Translation
When the host goeth forth against thy enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing.

World English Bible
When you go forth in camp against your enemies, then you shall keep yourselves from every evil thing.

Young's Literal Translation
'When a camp goeth out against thine enemies, then thou hast kept from every evil thing.
Study Bible
Uncleanness in the Camp
8"The sons of the third generation who are born to them may enter the assembly of the LORD. 9"When you go out as an army against your enemies, you shall keep yourself from every evil thing. 10"If there is among you any man who is unclean because of a nocturnal emission, then he must go outside the camp; he may not reenter the camp.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 23:8
"The sons of the third generation who are born to them may enter the assembly of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 23:10
"If there is among you any man who is unclean because of a nocturnal emission, then he must go outside the camp; he may not reenter the camp.
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When the host goes forth against your enemies, then keep you from every wicked thing.

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Deuteronomy 23:9-14. PURITY OF THE CAMP.

(9) When the host goeth forth against thine enemies . . . keep thee.--"Because Satan maketh his accusations in the hour of danger" (Rashi).

(10) Uncleanness that chanceth him by night. As in Leviticus 15:16.

(11) When the sun is down.--"No man is clean (after ceremonial uncleanness) except at the going down of the sun" (Rashi).

(12) Without the camp.--It must not be forgotten that this is the camp of the army, not the whole encampment of Israel in the wilderness. The entire passage is continuous from Deuteronomy 23:9. Hence the whole discussion raised, after the appearance of Dr. Colenso's work, on the size of the camp of Israel and the possibility of obeying this rule, was simply waste of words, and arose out of a misunderstanding of the matter under consideration. The sanitary value of the rule has been abundantly demonstrated in our own day.

(13) A paddle--rather, a pin, or spike, like that with which Jael slew Sisera. The word for "weapon" does not occur elsewhere. The LXX. translates it "a pin or tent-peg at thy girdle;" the Hebrew word (zn) being like the Greek (????). But both Targums interpret the word as "weapon," connecting it with the Hebrew zayin, which has that meaning. The hinder end of the spear in Abner's hand was sharp enough to strike Asahel a fatal blow when he followed him (2Samuel 2:23). Saul's spear also was "stuck in the ground at his bolster" (1Samuel 26:7), probably with its point upwards, by the same spike.

(14) For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of . . . thee.--A most beautiful argument for purity in every sense. It was evidently present to St. Paul's mind in 2Corinthians 6:16 to 2Corinthians 7:1, "God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them. . . . Having therefore these promises . . . let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

When the host goeth forth against thine enemies,.... An army of soldiers march in order to meet the enemy and fight him:

then keep thee from every wicked thing; the Targum of Jonathan adds, by way of explanation,"from strange worship, uncovering of nakedness, and from shedding innocent blood;''that is, from idolatry, uncleanness of every sort, and murder; and all other wickednesses ought to be abstained from at all times by all persons, but especially by soldiers in such a circumstance, just going to battle; since sin committed weakens natural courage, as it loads the conscience with guilt; and since victory and success, which depend upon the blessing of God on arms, cannot be reasonably expected, where vices of all sorts are indulged and abound; and especially seeing such are about to expose their lives to the utmost danger, and know not but that in a few hours they must exchange this life for another, and appear before God, the Judge of all, against whom they sin; and yet how little are these things thought of by such in common! it was the wisdom of the Jewish legislature, which was of God, to inculcate such things into the minds of their soldiers. 9-14. When the host goeth forth against thine enemies, then keep thee from every wicked thing—from the excesses incident to camp life, as well as from habits of personal neglect and impurity.23:9-14 The camp of the Lord must have nothing offensive in it. If there must be this care taken to preserve the body clean, much more should we be careful to keep the mind pure.
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