Standard Version of the Holy Bible
Chapter 23 (Revised Standard Version)
1 "He whose testicles are crushed or whose male member is cut
off shall not enter the assembly of the LORD.
2 "No bastard shall enter the assembly of the LORD; even to the
tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the
3 "No Ammonite or Moabite shall enter the assembly of the LORD;
even to the tenth generation none belonging to them shall enter the
assembly of the LORD for ever;
4 because they did not meet you with bread and with water on the way,
when you came forth out of Egypt, and because they hired against you
Balaam the son of Be'or from Pethor of Mesopota'mia, to curse you.
5 Nevertheless the LORD your God would not hearken to Balaam; but the
LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the LORD
your God loved you.
6 You shall not seek their peace or their prosperity all your days
7 "You shall not abhor an E'domite, for he is your brother; you
shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you were a sojourner in his land.
8 The children of the third generation that are born to them may
enter the assembly of the LORD.
9 "When you go forth against your enemies and are in camp, then
you shall keep yourself from every evil thing.
10 "If there is among you any man who is not clean by reason of
what chances to him by night, then he shall go outside the camp, he shall
not come within the camp;
11 but when evening comes on, he shall bathe himself in water, and
when the sun is down, he may come within the camp.
12 "You shall have a place outside the camp and you shall go out
13 and you shall have a stick with your weapons; and when you sit
down outside, you shall dig a hole with it, and turn back and cover up
14 Because the LORD your God walks in the midst of your camp, to save
you and to give up your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be
holy, that he may not see anything indecent among you, and turn away from
15 "You shall not give up to his master a slave who has escaped
from his master to you;
16 he shall dwell with you, in your midst, in the place which he
shall choose within one of your towns, where it pleases him best; you
shall not oppress him.
17 "There shall be no cult prostitute of the daughters of
Israel, neither shall there be a cult prostitute of the sons of Israel.
18 You shall not bring the hire of a harlot, or the wages of a dog,
into the house of the LORD your God in payment for any vow; for both of
these are an abomination to the LORD your God.
19 "You shall not lend upon interest to your brother, interest
on money, interest on victuals, interest on anything that is lent for
20 To a foreigner you may lend upon interest, but to your brother you
shall not lend upon interest; that the LORD your God may bless you in all
that you undertake in the land which you are entering to take possession
21 "When you make a vow to the LORD your God, you shall not be
slack to pay it; for the LORD your God will surely require it of you, and
it would be sin in you.
22 But if you refrain from vowing, it shall be no sin in you.
23 You shall be careful to perform what has passed your lips, for you
have voluntarily vowed to the LORD your God what you have promised with
24 "When you go into your neighbor's vineyard, you may eat your
fill of grapes, as many as you wish, but you shall not put any in your
25 When you go into your neighbor's standing grain, you may pluck the
ears with your hand, but you shall not put a sickle to your neighbor's