Deuteronomy 23 – Reading Note – More Care for the Poor

  • This chapter makes rules about who may enter God’s assembly. Among those who may not enter are those who were emasculated by cutting or crushing and Moabites and Ammonites (and their children) because they tried to use Balaam to curse the Israelites, among other things. I do not know what the reason for excluding the emasculated is but the others seems to be an example of punishing the children for the sins of the parents. (23: 1 – 6)
  • On the other hand, Egyptians and Edomites could enter God’s assembly after the third generation because the Edomites were related to the Israelites and the Israelites had lived in Egypt (strange reason). (23: 7 – 8)
  • The Isrealites are told to keep their camp clean in a very physical way. No human feces lying around and no unclean people hanging around ( 23: 9 – 14)
  • A slave who took refuge among the Israelites was not to be sent back or oppressed (23: 15). He was to be allowed to do as he wished.
  • They were not to charge Israelites interest. It was okay to charge foreigners interest, though. (23: 19, 20)
  • If you entered someone’s vineyard, you were free to eat as many grapes as you liked, but you could not put some in your basket. If you entered his grain field, you could pick grains with your hands, but not with a sickle. That’s really good for the poor who had no land to farm or no food. It would keep them from starvation. (23: 24, 25).
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