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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Deuteronomy 23:1-25

23*  “A man with the organ of sex mutilated shall not come into Jehovah’s assembly. 2*  “A child of incest shall not come into Jehovah’s assembly, nor shall even a descendant of his in the tenth generation. 3  “An ʽAmmonite or Moabite shall not come into Jehovah’s assembly, nor shall even a descendant of theirs in the tenth generation, forever, 4  for their not having offered you bread and water on the way at your coming out of Egypt and their having hired Balaam the son of Be’or against you from Pethor in Mesopotamia to misspeak you— 5  but your God Jehovah would not listen to Balaam, and your God Jehovah turned the curse into a blessing for you, because your God Jehovah loved you. 6  You shall never in all your days attempt anything for their welfare or advantage, world without end. 7  “You shall not hold an Edomite in abhorrence, because he is your brother; nor an Egyptian, because you were an immigrant in his country. 8  Descendants of theirs in the third generation shall come into Jehovah’s assembly. 9  “When you go out on a campaign against your enemies you shall be on your guard against any bad thing. 10  When there is among you a man who becomes unclean by an occurrence in the night, he shall go outside the camp, shall not come inside the camp; 11  and when evening is drawing on he shall bathe in water, and at sunset he shall come inside the camp. 12*  And you shall have a signpost outside the camp, and go outside there; 13*  and you shall have a spud on your weapon, and when you sit down outside you shall dig a hole with it and cover your droppings up again. 14  For your God Jehovah is walking about within your camp to see you through and give your enemies to be defeated before you; and your camp shall be holy, and he shall not see any piece of indecency among you and go back from following you. 15  “You shall not hand over to his master a slave who makes his escape from his master to you; 16  he shall live with you, in your midst, in the place he chooses, in any of your localities where he is well off; you shall not make it hard for him. 17  “There shall not be a religious prostitute, of either sex, who comes from the sons of Israel. 18  “You shall not bring a prostitute’s tip or a dog’s price into the house of your God Jehovah for any vow, because both are things your God Jehovah detests. 19  “You shall not charge your brother interest on money, interest on food, interest on anything that may bear interest. 20  To a foreigner you may charge interest, but to your brother you shall not, in order that your God Jehovah may bless you in all your undertakings in the country you are going into to take possession of it. 21  “When you make a vow to your God Jehovah you shall not be backward about fulfilling it; for your God Jehovah would call you to account for it, and it would count against you as a sin, 22  but when you refrain from vowing it does not count as a sin. 23  What has come out of your lips you shall take care to do, as you have vowed to your God Jehovah a voluntary offering that you promised with your own mouth. 24  “When you go into your neighbor’s vineyard you shall eat your fill of grapes as your appetite bids you, but not put any into any receptacle of yours. 25  When you go into your neighbor’s grainfield you shall pick green ears in your hand, but you shall not put a sickle your neighbor’s grainfield.


23:1 The Hebrew species different methods of mutilation
23:2 (child of incest) Unc.
23:12 Or a spot outside
23:13 Or among your weapons