The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 23:10–15

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10  If there be among you any man, that is not clean by reason of that which chanceth him by night, then shall he go abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the camp.

10  If there should be in thee a man who is not clean by reason of his issue by night, then he shall go forth out of the camp, and he shall not enter into the camp.

10  If there is a man among you who has been defiled by a dream in the night, he shall depart from the camp.

11  But it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall bathe himself in water; and when the sun is down, he may come within the camp.

11  And it shall come to pass toward evening he shall wash his body with water, and when the sun has gone down, he shall go into the camp.

11  And he shall not return before the evening, after he has washed with water, and then, after the sun sets, he shall return to the camp.

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12  Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad.

12  And thou shalt have a place outside of the camp, and thou shalt go out thither,

12  You shall have a place beyond the camp to which you may go for the necessities of nature,

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13  And thou shalt have a paddle among thy weapons; and it shall be, when thou sittest down abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee.

13  carrying a small shovel at your belt. And when you would sit down, you shall dig around, and then, with the soil that was dug up, you shall cover

13  And you shall have a peg upon your weapon; and it shall be, when you relieve yourself, you shall dig with it, and then you shall cover your dung;

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14  For YHWH thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy; that He see no unseemly thing in thee, and turn away from thee.

14  that from which you were relieved. For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, in order to rescue you, and to deliver your enemies to you. And so, let your camp be holy, and let nothing filthy appear within it, lest he abandon you.

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15  Thou shalt not deliver unto his master a bondman that is escaped from his master unto thee;

15  You shall not deliver a servant who has fled to you to his master.