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Deuteronomy Chapter 23 | Parsha: Ki Tetse'

1No man shall marry his father’s former wife, so as to remove his father’s garment.

2No one whose testes are crushed or whose member is cut off shall be admitted into the congregation of the Lord.

3No one misbegotten shall be admitted into the congregation of the Lord; none of his descendants, even in the tenth generation, shall be admitted into the congregation of the Lord.

4No Ammonite or Moabite shall be admitted into the congregation of the Lord; none of their descendants, even in the tenth generation, shall ever be admitted into the congregation of the Lord, 5because they did not meet you with food and water on your journey after you left Egypt, and because they hired Balaam son of Beor, from Pethor of Aram- naharaim, to curse you.— 6But the Lord your God refused to heed Balaam; instead, the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, for the Lord your God loves you.— 7You shall never concern yourself with their welfare or benefit as long as you live.

8You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your kinsman. You shall not abhor an Egyptian, for you were a stranger in his land. 9Children born to them may be admitted into the congregation of the Lord in the third generation.

10When you go out as a troop against your enemies, be on your guard against anything untoward. 11If anyone among you has been rendered unclean by a nocturnal emission, he must leave the camp, and he must not reenter the camp. 12Toward evening he shall bathe in water, and at sundown he may reenter the camp. 13Further, there shall be an area for you outside the camp, where you may relieve yourself. 14With your gear you shall have a spike, and when you have squatted you shall dig a hole with it and cover up your excrement. 15Since the Lord your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you, let your camp be holy; let Him not find anything unseemly among you and turn away from you.

16You shall not turn over to his master a slave who seeks refuge with you from his master. 17He shall live with you in any place he may choose among the settlements in your midst, wherever he pleases; you must not ill-treat him.

18No Israelite woman shall be a cult prostitute, nor shall any Israelite man be a cult prostitute. 19You shall not bring the fee of a whore or the pay of a dog into the house of the Lord your God in fulfillment of any vow, for both are abhorrent to the Lord your God.

20You shall not deduct interest from loans to your countrymen, whether in money or food or anything else that can be deducted as interest; 21but you may deduct interest from loans to foreigners. Do not deduct interest from loans to your countrymen, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all your undertakings in the land that you are about to enter and possess.

22When you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not put off fulfilling it, for the Lord your God will require it of you, and you will have incurred guilt; 23whereas you incur no guilt if you refrain from vowing. 24You must fulfill what has crossed your lips and perform what you have voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God, having made the promise with your own mouth.

25When you enter another man’s vineyard, you may eat as many grapes as you want, until you are full, but you must not put any in your vessel. 26When you enter another man’s field of standing grain, you may pluck ears with your hand; but you must not put a sickle to your neighbor’s grain.

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