Some foreigners will choose to follow the Lord. They should not say, “The Lord will not really accept me like the rest of his people.” A eunuch should not say, “I am only a dry piece of wood. I cannot have any children.”
Foreigners who have ·joined [committed to] the Lord should not say, “The Lord will ·not accept me with [L exclude/separate me from] his people [14:1].” The eunuch should not say, “·Because I cannot have children, the Lord will not accept me [L Look, I am a dry tree].”
A foreigner who has joined the Lord's people should not say, “The Lord will not let me worship with his people.” A man who has been castrated should never think that because he cannot have children, he can never be part of God's people.
And my blessings are for Gentiles, too, when they accept the Lord; don’t let them think that I will make them second-class citizens. And this is for the eunuchs too. They can be as much mine as anyone.
God’s Message: “Guard my common good: Do what’s right and do it in the right way, For salvation is just around the corner, my setting-things-right is about to go into action. How blessed are you who enter into these things, you men and women who embrace them, Who keep Sabbath and don’t defile it, who watch your step and don’t do anything evil! Make sure no outsider who now follows God ever has occasion to say, ‘God put me in second-class. I don’t really belong.’ And make sure no physically mutilated person is ever made to think, ‘I’m damaged goods. I don’t really belong.’”
Suppose an outsider wants to follow the Lord. Then that person shouldn’t say, “The Lord won’t accept me as one of his people.” And a eunuch shouldn’t say, “I’m like a dry tree that doesn’t bear any fruit.”
Let not the man from a strange land who has joined the Lord say, “For sure the Lord will keep me away from His people.” Let not the man who had been made so that he could not have children say, “See, I am a dry tree.”
And say not the son of a comeling, that cleaveth fast to the Lord, saying, By parting the Lord shall part me from his people; and a gelding, either a chaste man, say not, Lo! I am a dry tree. (And the son of a newcomer, or of a foreigner, who cleaveth firmly to the Lord, say not, By separating the Lord shall separate me from his people; and a eunuch, or a chaste man, say not, Lo! I am a dry tree.)
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