Deuteronomy 23
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1"He who is wounded, crushed, or who has his male member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD. 2A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD. Even to his tenth generation he shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD. 3An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD. Even to their tenth generation they shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD forever 4Because they did not meet you with bread and with water in the way when you came forth out of Egypt and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor, of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you. 5Nevertheless, the LORD your God would not hearken to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loved you. 6You shall not seek their peace nor their prosperity all your days forever.

7You shall not despise an Edomite, for he is your brother. You shall not despise an Egyptian because you were a stranger in his land. 8The children that are born to them shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in their third generation.

9When the army goes forth against your enemies, then keep yourself from every wicked thing.

10If there is among you any man who is not clean because of an accident at night, then he shall go outside the camp. He shall not come inside the camp. 11And it shall be toward the turn of sunset, he shall wash with water. And when the sun is down, he shall come into the midst of the camp.

12You shall also have a place outside the camp where you shall go forth. 13And you shall have a paddle on your weapon. And it shall be, when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it, and shall turn back and cover that which comes from you, 14For the LORD your God walks in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to give up your enemies before you. Therefore your camp shall be holy so that He may see no unclean thing among you and turn away from you.

15You shall not deliver to his master the servant who has escaped from his master to you. 16He shall live with you, among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of your gates, where it seems good to him. You shall not oppress him.

17There shall be no harlot of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the children of Israel. 18You shall not bring the hire of a harlot, or the price of a dog into the house of the LORD your God for any vow, for even both these are an abomination to the LORD your God.

19You shall not lend for interest to your brother, interest of silver, interest of food, interest of anything that is loaned on interest. 20You may lend on interest to a stranger, but you shall not lend on interest to your brother, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all that you set your hand to in the land where you go to possess it.

21When you shall vow a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not be slack to pay it, for the LORD your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin in you. 22But if you shall refrain from vowing, it shall be no sin in you. 23That which has gone out of your lips you shall keep and perform, even a freewill offering, according as you have vowed to the LORD your God, which you have promised with your mouth.

24When you come into your neighbor's vineyard, then you may eat grapes to your fill at your own pleasure, but you shall not put any in your vessel.

25When you come into the standing grain of your neighbor, then you may pluck the heads with your hand, but you shall not move a sickle into your neighbor's standing grain."

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