New International Version

Deuteronomy 23:1-25

Exclusion From the Assembly

In Hebrew texts 23:1-25 is numbered 23:2-26. 1No one who has been emasculated by crushing or cutting may enter the assembly of the Lord.

2No one born of a forbidden marriage23:2 Or one of illegitimate birth nor any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation.

3No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the Lord, not even in the tenth generation. 4For they did not come to meet you with bread and water on your way when you came out of Egypt, and they hired Balaam son of Beor from Pethor in Aram Naharaim23:4 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia to pronounce a curse on you. 5However, the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam but turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you. 6Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them as long as you live.

7Do not despise an Edomite, for the Edomites are related to you. Do not despise an Egyptian, because you resided as foreigners in their country. 8The third generation of children born to them may enter the assembly of the Lord.

Uncleanness in the Camp

9When you are encamped against your enemies, keep away from everything impure. 10If one of your men is unclean because of a nocturnal emission, he is to go outside the camp and stay there. 11But as evening approaches he is to wash himself, and at sunset he may return to the camp.

12Designate a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. 13As part of your equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself, dig a hole and cover up your excrement. 14For the Lord your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you.

Miscellaneous Laws

15If a slave has taken refuge with you, do not hand them over to their master. 16Let them live among you wherever they like and in whatever town they choose. Do not oppress them.

17No Israelite man or woman is to become a shrine prostitute. 18You must not bring the earnings of a female prostitute or of a male prostitute23:18 Hebrew of a dog into the house of the Lord your God to pay any vow, because the Lord your God detests them both.

19Do not charge a fellow Israelite interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest. 20You may charge a foreigner interest, but not a fellow Israelite, so that the Lord your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess.

21If you make a vow to the Lord your God, do not be slow to pay it, for the Lord your God will certainly demand it of you and you will be guilty of sin. 22But if you refrain from making a vow, you will not be guilty. 23Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the Lord your God with your own mouth.

24If you enter your neighbor’s vineyard, you may eat all the grapes you want, but do not put any in your basket. 25If you enter your neighbor’s grainfield, you may pick kernels with your hands, but you must not put a sickle to their standing grain.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

申命记 23:1-25

会众的资格

1“凡睪丸受损或被阉割的,不可加入耶和华的会众。

2“私生子及其十代以内的子孙都不可加入耶和华的会众。

3亚扪人或摩押人及其十代以内的子孙都不可加入耶和华的会众。 4因为在你们离开埃及的途中,他们没有用水和食物款待你们,还雇用美索不达米亚毗夺人——比珥的儿子巴兰咒诅你们。 5但你们的上帝耶和华不听巴兰的话,反而把咒诅变为祝福,因为祂爱你们。 6你们一生一世永不可为他们谋求平安和好处。

7“不可憎恶以东人,因为他们是你们的弟兄;也不可憎恶埃及人,因为你们曾经在埃及寄居。 8他们的第三代子孙可以加入耶和华的会众。

保持军营圣洁的条例

9“你们出兵征战时,一定要远离恶事。 10如果有人因梦遗而不洁净,他就要离开营地住在营外。 11傍晚他要沐浴,日落才可以回营。 12要在营外指定一个地方作方便之处。 13你们每人都要有一把铲子,便溺时要挖个洞,事后要掩埋。 14因为你们的上帝耶和华常在营中巡视,要保护你们,击败你们的仇敌。军营必须保持圣洁,免得祂在你们中间看到任何污秽之事,便离开你们。

其他条例

15“如果有奴隶逃到你们那里避难,不可把逃亡的奴隶送交他们的主人。 16要让他们在你们当中选择他们喜欢的城邑与你们同住,不可压迫他们。

17“任何以色列人,不论男女,都不可做庙妓。 18不可把男女庙妓的收入带到你们上帝耶和华的殿还愿,因为你们的上帝耶和华憎恶他们。

19“你们借给同胞钱、粮食或其他任何东西,都不可收取利息。 20你们可以向外族人收取利息,但不可向同胞收取。这样,在你们将要占领的土地上,你们的上帝耶和华必使你们凡事蒙福。

21“如果你们向你们的上帝耶和华许愿,不可迟迟不还愿,因为你们的上帝耶和华必追讨许愿不还的罪。 22如果你们不许愿,反倒无罪; 23但如果你们亲口许了愿,一定要向你们的上帝耶和华信守诺言。

24“如果你们进了邻居的葡萄园,可以随意吃,但不可把葡萄放在篮子里带走。 25如果你们进了邻居的麦田,可以用手摘麦穗,但不可用镰刀割麦子。