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23 “No man with crushed testiclesa or whose male organ is cut offb may come into the assembly of Yahweh.

An illegitimate child may not come into the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation none of his descendantsc may come into the assembly of Yahweh.

An Ammonite or a Moabite may not come into the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation none of his descendantsd may come into the assembly of Yahweh forever,e becausef they did not come to meet you with food and with water when you came out of Egypt,g and also becauseh theyi hired Balaam, son of Beor, from Pethor, in Aram Naharaimj to act against you to curse you. But Yahweh your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, and Yahweh your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because Yahweh your God loved you. You shall not promote their welfare or their prosperity all your days forever.k

“You shall not abhor an Edomite, because he is your brother; you shall not abhor an Egyptian because you were an alien in his land. The childrenl that are born to them in the third generation may come representing themm in the assembly of Yahweh.

“Ifn you go out to encamp against your enemies, then you shall guard against doing anything evil.

10 “If there is among you a man that is not clean because of a seminal emission during the night,o he shall go outside the camp; he shall not come within the camp. 11 And thenp toward the comingq of the evening, he shall bathe withr water, and at the going downs of the sun, he may come to the midst of the camp.

12 “And there shall be for you a designated place outside the camp; and you shall go there to relieve yourself,t 13 and a digging toolu shall be included in addition to your other utensilsv for yourself; and thenw when you relieve yourselfx outside the camp you shall dig with it, and then you shall turn, and you shall cover your excrement. 14 For Yahweh your God is walking about in the midst of your camp to deliver you and to hand your enemies over to you before you,y and so let your camp be holy, so that he shall not see in it anything indecent,z and he shall turn away from going with you.a

15 “And you shall not hand over a slave to his master who has escaped and fled to you from his master. 16 He shall reside with you in your midst in the place that he chooses in one of your towns wherever he pleases;b you shall not oppress him.

17 “No woman of Israelc shall be a temple prostitute, and no man of Israeld shall be a male shrine prostitute. 18 You may not bring the hiree of a prostitute or the earnings of a male prostitutef into the house of Yahweh your God, for any vow offerings, because bothg are a detestable thing to Yahweh your God.

19 You shall not charge your brother interest on money,h interest oni food, or interest onj anything that one could lendk on interest. 20 You may lend on interest to the foreigner, but to your countrymanl you may not lend on interest, so that Yahweh your God may bless you in all your undertakingsm in the land where you are going,n in order to take possession of it.o

21 When you make a vowp to Yahweh your God, you shall not postpone fulfillment of it,q for certainly Yahweh your God shall require it from you and if postponed you will incur guilt.r 22 And if you refrain from vowing,s you shall not incur guilt.t 23 The utterance of your lips you must perform diligentlyu just as you have vowed freely to Yahweh your God whatever it was that you promisedv with your mouth.

24 “Whenw you come into the vineyard of your neighbor, then you may eat grapes as you pleasex and until you are full,y but you shall not put any into your container.

25 “Whenz you come into the standing grain of your neighbor, then you may pluck ears with your hand, but you may not swinga a sickle among the standing grain of your neighbor.”


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The Lexham English Bible contains a translation of the original languages into smooth, readable English. It also contains copious footnotes which address translation issues, instances of Old Testament quotations in the New Testament, and various textual-critical issues. This translation also indicates the use of idioms in the Greek and Hebrew text. In cases where a literal rendering of Greek or Hebrew would prevent a smooth English translation, footnotes indicate the literal English translation, accompanied by explanatory notes as necessary.


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