Deuteronomy 23:9
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English Standard Version
“When you are encamped against your enemies, then 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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Also no Ammonite or Moabite was to be received, not even in the tenth generation; not, however, because their forefathers were begotten in incest (Genesis 19:30.), as Knobel supposes, but on account of the hostility they had manifested to the establishment of the kingdom of God. Not only had they failed to give Israel a hospitable reception on its journey (see at Deuteronomy 2:29), but they (viz., the king of the Moabites) had even hired Balaam to curse Israel. In this way they had brought upon themselves the curse which falls upon all those who curse Israel, according to the infallible word of God (Genesis 12:3), the truth of which even Balaam was obliged to attest in the presence of Balak (Numbers 24:9); although out of love to Israel the Lord turned the curse of Balaam into a blessing (cf. Numbers 22-24). For this reason Israel was never to seek their welfare and prosperity, i.e., to make this an object of its care ("to seek," as in Jeremiah 29:7); not indeed from personal hatred, for the purpose of repaying evil with evil, since this neither induced Moses to publish the prohibition, nor instigated Ezra when he put the law in force, by compelling the separation of all Ammonitish, Moabitish, and Canaanitish wives from the newly established congregation in Jerusalem (Ezra 9:12). How far Moses was from being influenced by such motives of personal or national revenge is evident, apart from the prohibition in Deuteronomy 2:9 and Deuteronomy 2:19 against making war upon the Moabites and Ammonites, from the command which follows in Deuteronomy 23:8 and Deuteronomy 23:9 with reference to the Edomites and Egyptians. These nations had also manifested hostility to the Israelites. Edom had come against them when they desired to march peaceably through his land (Numbers 20:18.), and the Pharaohs of Egypt had heavily oppressed them. Nevertheless, Israel as to keep the bond of kindred sacred ("he is thy brother"), and not to forget in the case of the Egyptians the benefits derived from their sojourn in their land. Their children might come into the congregation of the Lord in the third generation, i.e., the great-grandchildren of Edomites of Egyptians, who had lived as strangers in Israel (see at Exodus 20:5). Such persons might be incorporated into the covenant nation by circumcision.

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Joshua 6:18 And you, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest you make yourselves accursed, when you take of the accursed thing...

Joshua 7:11-13 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing...

Judges 20:26 Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came to the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LORD...

2 Chronicles 19:4 And Jehoshaphat dwelled at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim...

2 Chronicles 20:3-13 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah...

2 Chronicles 31:20,21 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and worked that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God...

2 Chronicles 32:1-22 After these things, and the establishment thereof, Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah...

Luke 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said to them, Do violence to no man...

Revelation 19:11-14 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat on him was called Faithful and True...

Cross References
Deuteronomy 23:8
Children born to them in the third generation may enter the assembly of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 23:10
"If any man among you becomes unclean because of a nocturnal emission, then he shall go outside the camp. He shall not come inside the camp,

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