'One wounded, bruised, or cut in the member doth not enter into the assembly of Jehovah;
Deuteronomy 23:1 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Shall not enter into the congregation, etc. - If by entering the congregation be meant the bearing a civil office among the people, such as magistrate, judge, etc., then the reason of the law is very plain; no man with any such personal defect as might render him contemptible in the sight of others should bear rule among the people, lest the contempt felt for his personal defects might be transferred to his important office, and thus his authority be disregarded. The general meaning of these words is, simply, that the persons here designated should not be so incorporated with the Jews as to partake of their civil privileges.
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Leviticus 21:17-21 Speak to Aaron, saying, Whoever he be of your seed in their generations that has any blemish...
Leviticus 22:22-24 Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a running sore, or scurvy, or scabbed, you shall not offer these to the LORD...
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
shall not enter It is evident that his law was not meant to exclude such Israelites either from the common benefits of civil society, or any essential religious advantages; but merely to lay them under a disgraceful distinction. This would tend to discourage parents from thus treating their children; a practice which was exceedingly common in those ages and countries. To this they were induced by the custom which prevailed, of employing such in the houses in the great and the courts of princes; so they often rose to the highest posts of honour and authority. Some expositors therefore consider the phrase, `shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord,' as meaning, that they should be incapable of bearing any office in that government which was placed over the people of God, who must thus enter a protest against this custom, and deliver selfish parents from this temptation.
Deuteronomy 23:2,3,8 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD...
Nehemiah 13:1-3 On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written...
Isaiah 56:3,4 Neither let the son of the stranger, that has joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying...
Lamentations 1:10 The adversary has spread out his hand on all her pleasant things: for she has seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary...
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