A man with crushed 1 or severed genitals 2 may not enter the assembly of the Lord. 3
No-one who has been emasculated by crushing or cutting may enter the assembly of the LORD.
"No one who is emasculated or has his male organ cut off shall enter the assembly of the LORD.
"If a man’s testicles are crushed or his penis is cut off, he may not be included in the assembly of the LORD.
No eunuch is to enter the congregation of GOD.
No man whose private parts have been wounded or cut off may come into the meeting of the Lord’s people.
No one whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the LORD.
"He who is emasculated by crushing or mutilation shall not enter the assembly of the LORD.
He that is wounded in the stones
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or hath his privy member
shall not enter
into the congregation
of the LORD
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or severed genitals
of the Lord.
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1 tn Heb “bruised by crushing,” which many English versions take to refer to crushed testicles (NAB, NRSV, NLT); TEV “who has been castrated.”
2 tn Heb “cut off with respect to the penis”; KJV, ASV “hath his privy member cut off”; English versions vary in their degree of euphemism here; cf. NAB, NRSV, TEV, NLT “penis”; NASB “male organ”; NCV “sex organ”; CEV “private parts”; NIV “emasculated by crushing or cutting.”
3 sn The Hebrew term translated “assembly” (קָהָל, qahal) does not refer here to the nation as such but to the formal services of the tabernacle or temple. Since emasculated or other sexually abnormal persons were commonly associated with pagan temple personnel, the thrust here may be primarily polemical in intent. One should not read into this anything having to do with the mentally and physically handicapped as fit to participate in the life and ministry of the church.