Deuteronomy 23:2

“A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A bastard shall not enter into the Congregation of the Lord: euen to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the Congregation of the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the LORD; none of his {descendants,} even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the LORD.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A bastard shall not enter into the assembly of Jehovah; even to the tenth generation shall none of his enter into the assembly of Jehovah.
- American Standard Version (1901)

One whose father and mother are not married may not come into the meeting of the Lord's people, or any of his family to the tenth generation.
- Basic English Bible

A bastard shall not come into the congregation of Jehovah; even his tenth generation shall not come into the congregation of Jehovah.
- Darby Bible

A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
- Webster's Bible

A bastard shall not enter into the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation shall none of his enter into the assembly of Yahweh.
- World English Bible

a bastard doth not enter into the assembly of Jehovah; even a tenth generation of him doth not enter into the assembly of Jehovah.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(23:3) A bastard shall not enter into the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation shall none of his enter into the assembly of the LORD.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Deuteronomy 23:2


23:2 The congregation - Taking the word as in the former verse.


Discussion for Deuteronomy 23:2

  • Dilbert for verse 2
    Gone to Hell before i was even born what do you think? Christ Jesus died for everyone, including you so that people may not go to hell. Although the Old Testament laws have their reason that being laws set forth for obedience , so us long as one rest upon the Gospel of Christ for salvation, you will be saved and not go to hell.
  • Antonio Grubbs for verse 2
    My mother and father were never married. So does that mean I cant go to heaven?
  • It is very important to understand the economy that is how life was lived versus the ideal of how life was to be lived of any given culture and people The Jews were too live under God s economy This was in stark contrast to what they had seen in Egypt and the natural bend of humans to live No one is condemned to Hell before they are born but to prevent a nation from having a number of children born fatherless this statute was put into place to convince the male and female to not engage is sex and produce a child that will be subject to this statute
  • Ted Grant for verse 2
    This is a very harsh rule, but what ever God commands must be GOOD, by definition. If He commanded me to kill all my neighbors, I would have to do it. If He commanded my neighbors to kill me and my family, I would gladly present myself and my family to them and smile with joy whilst they cut off our heads or stone us, what ever seems appropriate to our loving, but just God.

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