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Deuteronomy 23:3

    Deuteronomy 23:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter into the assembly of Jehovah; even to the tenth generation shall none belonging to them enter into the assembly of Jehovah for ever:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their people to the tenth generation may come into the meeting of the Lord's people:

    Webster's Revision

    An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter into the assembly of Jehovah; even to the tenth generation shall none belonging to them enter into the assembly of Jehovah for ever:

    World English Bible

    An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter into the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation shall none belonging to them enter into the assembly of Yahweh forever:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter into the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation shall none belonging to them enter into the assembly of the LORD for ever:

    Clarke's Commentary on Deuteronomy 23:3

    An Ammonite or Moabite - These nations were subjected for their impiety and wickedness, (see Deuteronomy 23:4 and Deuteronomy 23:5), to peculiar disgrace, and on this account were not permitted to hold any office among the Israelites. But this did not disqualify them from being proselytes: Ruth, who was a Moabitess, was married to Boaz, and she became one of the progenitors of our Lord.

    Even to their tenth generation - That is, for ever, as the next clause explains; see Nehemiah 13:1.

    Barnes' Notes on Deuteronomy 23:3

    This law forbids only the naturalization of those against whom it is directed. It does not forbid their dwelling in the land; and seems to refer rather to the nations than to individuals. It was not understood at any rate to interdict marriage with a Moabitess; compare Ruth 1:4; Ruth 4:13. Ruth however, and her sister were doubtless proselytes.

    Wesley's Notes on Deuteronomy 23:3

    23:3 For ever - This seems to note the perpetuity of this law, that it should be inviolably observed in all succeeding ages.