Deuteronomy 23:12
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New International Version
Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself.

King James Bible
Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad:

Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt have a place also outside the camp, and shalt go forth thither.

World English Bible
You shall have a place also outside of the camp, where you shall go forth abroad:

Young's Literal Translation
'And a station thou hast at the outside of the camp, and thou hast gone out thither without,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

These directions may appear trifling to some, but they were essentially necessary to this people in their present circumstances. Decency and cleanliness promote health, and prevent many diseases.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

In such a vast camp as that of the Israelites, (See notes on

Numbers 1 and

Deuteronomy 23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD...

) and indeed, as Schuchzer remarks, in every well regulated camp, cleanliness is considered as indispensably necessary.

Appendix v. Rabbinic Theology and Literature
1. The Traditional Law. - The brief account given in vol. i. p. 100, of the character and authority claimed for the traditional law may here be supplemented by a chronological arrangement of the Halakhoth in the order of their supposed introduction or promulgation. In the first class, or Halakhoth of Moses from Sinai,' tradition enumerates fifty-five, [6370] which may be thus designated: religio-agrarian, four; [6371] ritual, including questions about clean and unclean,' twenty-three; [6372] concerning
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

[This chapter is based on Nehemiah 13.] Solemnly and publicly the people of Judah had pledged themselves to obey the law of God. But when the influence of Ezra and Nehemiah was for a time withdrawn, there were many who departed from the Lord. Nehemiah had returned to Persia. During his absence from Jerusalem, evils crept in that threatened to pervert the nation. Idolaters not only gained a foothold in the city, but contaminated by their presence the very precincts of the temple. Through intermarriage,
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Brief Directions How to Read the Holy Scriptures once Every Year Over, with Ease, Profit, and Reverence.
But forasmuch, that as faith is the soul, so reading and meditating on the word of God, are the parent's of prayer, therefore, before thou prayest in the morning, first read a chapter in the word of God; then meditate awhile with thyself, how many excellent things thou canst remember out of it. As--First, what good counsels or exhortations to good works and to holy life. Secondly, what threatenings of judgments against such and such a sin; and what fearful examples of God's punishment or vengeance
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

The remarkable change which we have noticed in the views of Jewish authorities, from contempt to almost affectation of manual labour, could certainly not have been arbitrary. But as we fail to discover here any religious motive, we can only account for it on the score of altered political and social circumstances. So long as the people were, at least nominally, independent, and in possession of their own land, constant engagement in a trade would probably mark an inferior social stage, and imply
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
Deuteronomy 23:11
But as evening approaches he is to wash himself, and at sunset he may return to the camp.

Deuteronomy 23:13
As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement.

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