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Deuteronomy

Exclusions from the Lord's people.  Dt.23.1-8

1No man whose testicles have been crushed or whose organ has been severed shall become a member of the assembly of the LORD.

2No descendant of an irregular union, even down to the tenth generation, shall become a member of the assembly of the LORD.

3No Ammonite or Moabite, even down to the tenth generation, shall become a member of the assembly of the LORD. They shall never become members of the assembly of the LORD, 4because they did not meet you with food and water on your way out of Egypt, and because they hired Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram-naharaim That is Aram of Two Rivers to revile you. 5The LORD your God refused to listen to Balaam and turned his denunciation into a blessing, because the LORD your God loved you. 6You shall never seek their welfare or their good all your life long.

7You shall not regard an Edomite as an abomination, for he is your own kin; nor an Egyptian, for you were aliens in his land. 8The third generation of children born to them may become members of the assembly of the LORD.

Camp sanitation.  Dt.23.9-14

9When you are encamped against an enemy, you shall be careful to avoid any foulness. 10When one of your number is unclean because of an emission of seed at night, he must go outside the camp; he may not come within it. 11Towards evening he shall wash himself in water, and at sunset he may come back into the camp. 12You shall have a sign outside the camp showing where you can withdraw. 13With your equipment you will have a trowel, and when you squat outside, you shall scrape a hole with it and then turn and cover your excrement. 14For the LORD your God goes about in your camp, to keep you safe and to hand over your enemies as you advance, and your camp must be kept holy for fear that he should see something indecent and go with you no further.

Incidental laws.  Dt.23.15-25

15You shall not surrender to his master a slave who has taken refuge with you. 16Let him stay with you anywhere he chooses in any one of your settlements, wherever suits him best; you shall not force him.

17No Israelite woman shall become a temple-prostitute, and no Israelite man shall prostitute himself in this way.

18You shall not allow a common prostitute's fee, or the pay of a male prostitute, to be brought into the house of the LORD your God in fulfilment of any vow, for both of them are abominable to the LORD your God.

19You shall not charge interest on anything you lend to a fellow-countryman, money or food or anything else on which interest can be charged. 20You may charge interest on a loan to a foreigner but not on a loan to a fellow-countryman, for then the LORD your God will bless you in all you undertake in the land which you are entering to occupy.

21When you make a vow to the LORD your God, do not put off its fulfilment; otherwise the LORD your God will require satisfaction of you and you will be guilty of sin. 22If you choose not to make a vow, you will not be guilty of sin; 23but if you voluntarily make a vow to the LORD your God, mind what you say and do what you have promised.

24When you go into another man's vineyard, you may eat as many grapes as you wish to satisfy your hunger, but you may not put any into your basket.

25When you go into another man's standing corn, you may pluck ears to rub in your hands, but you may not put a sickle to his standing corn.


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