Deuteronomy Chapter 23
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14 For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.
20 Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it.
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Matthew Henry's Deuteronomy Chapter 23 Bible commentary...
Who are shut out from the congregation. (1-8) Cleanliness enjoined. (15-25) Of fugitive servants, Usury, and other precepts. (9-14)1-8 We ought to value the privileges of God's people, both for ourselves and for our children, above all other advantages. No personal blemishes, no crimes of our forefathers, no difference of nation, shuts us out under the Christian dispensation. But an unsound heart will deprive us of blessings; and a bad example, or an unsuitable marriage, may shut our children from them.
9-14 The camp of the Lord must have nothing offensive in it. If there must be this care taken to preserve the body clean, much more should we be careful to keep the mind pure.
15-25 It is honourable to shelter and protect the weak, provided they are not wicked. Proselytes and converts to the truth, should be treated with particular tenderness, that they may have no temptation to return to the world. We cannot honour God with our substance, unless it be honestly and honourably come by. It must not only be considered what we give, but how we got it. Where the borrower gets, or hopes to get, it is just that the lender should share the gain; but to him that borrows for necessary food, pity must be showed. That which is gone out of thy lips, as a solemn and deliberate vow, must not be recalled, but thou shalt keep and perform it punctually and fully. They were allowed to pluck and eat of the corn or grapes that grew by the road side; only they must not carry any away. This law intimated what great plenty of corn and wine they should have in Canaan. It provided for the support of poor travellers, and teaches us to be kind to such, teaches us to be ready to distribute, and not to think every thing lost that is given away. Yet it forbids us to abuse the kindness of friends, or to take advantage of what is allowed. Faithfulness to their engagements should mark the people of God; and they should never encroach upon others.
Nate's Deuteronomy Chapter 23 comment about verse 2 on 12/13/2011, 10:55pm...
Gone to Hell before i was even born what do you think?
Candice's Deuteronomy Chapter 23 comment on 10/01/2011, 12:53am...
Well put Joshua D!
Joshua D's Deuteronomy Chapter 23 comment on 1/12/2011, 12:58pm...
I have to respectfully disagree with Elathi's comments. If anyone is a simpler people living in a simpler time it's us in today's age. One thing we often forget is that when this was written they didn't have a complete Word of God. They didn't have a Savior in Jesus. They only had the hope of both. If you read the Old Testament there were more wars, and no official law. These books acted as a law for Israel, and one has to consider that much of what is written was not God's will, but what was needed at the time. Take divorcement, which is spoken of in Deuteronomy, but Jesus himself said that it was written only because of the hardness of their own hearts, and was never God's will. It's not to say that God's Word isn't true, just that he gives some things to show us that our way is not the best. It was not God's will for Israel to have a King, nor was Saul his chosen man, yet he allowed Israel to have what they wanted to prove a point, that God's way is always best. We should always look to Jesus' teachings to be the final say.
Now while some punishments may seem harsh to us today, we should look at how "simple" and selfish we can be as people. In our society murderers get off free because of technicalties, rapists and child molesters are given minimal jail time and treated like victims themselves because they say they had rough childhoods, people sit at home and collect welfare and disability often for no reason. We have every luxury in life that Israel never had. We have a complete Word of God at our fingertips, we have the knowledge of and payment of Jesus', yet you read the lengths Israel went to to please and worship God. They detail of the tabernacle, the sacrifices they had to make, and yet we're the ones with all the convenience and I know very few people who give to or obey God as much as even some of the simplest servants in these times.
Elathi's Deuteronomy Chapter 23 comment on 11/28/2010, 11:35pm...
I'm tempted to think it'd cause more harm than good to try forcing the Word upon people by posting it on schoolboards.
The penalties for things seem harsh because they are harsh. They're artificial (as far as I can tell) rules for a simpler people in a much simpler time.
The Bible is indeed full of common sense, but try to properly sort through it. Sometimes it contradicts itself.
Please forgive me, though. I only came to look up a specific verse, but I saw this comment and there were insinuations my admittedly naive understanding disagreed with.
Christopher Newcombe's Deuteronomy Chapter 23 comment on 11/10/2010, 11:36am...
The Bible is full of common sense and Deuteronomy 23 covers just about everything including personal cleanliness, camp hygiene and not being greedy with what does not belong to you.Somethings may seem a bit harsh to the modern reader but society seems to have lost its' way and chapter 23 should be posted on all school notice boards.
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