Deuteronomy Chapter 23
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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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.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Rick Parker's Deuteronomy Chapter 23 comment about verse 18 on 9/30/2014, 9:26pm...
One should realize that the word "dog " is an idiom, it refers to the position assumed. 23 18 is saying that prostitutes, whether they be male or female, will not be allowed to make a Vow offering. A vow is a promise or a contract. The Priests, for a fee, were guaranteeing contracts.
John Roberts's Deuteronomy Chapter 23 comment on 5/14/2014, 6:48pm...
The second word in verse 2 is not meant to be understood as it is in the modern language one born out of wedlock. The word in the Hebrew language is a Mamzer, check Strong s Concordance 4464 and is also called a mongrel, which is someone that s half of the one of the tribes of Israel and half of a heathen nation, which classified them as hybrids. The reason why hybrids couldn t serve in any leadership capacity in the congregation for ten generations is because it took that long for that tribe s contaminated bloodline to return to its original state of purity.
John Roberts's Deuteronomy Chapter 23 comment on 5/13/2014, 1:22am...
To further comment on verse 2...Since the law of forgiveness that became effective after Christ 's resurrection...Those who are allowed to serve Almighty God is "whomsoever will " !!!
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