John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary

Verse 3 (Deuteronomy 23:3)

An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord ,.... Or marry an Israelitish woman, as Jarchi, and so the Targum of Jonathan,"the male Ammonites and Moabites are not fit to take a wife of the congregation of the Lord;'for the Jews restrain this to men, because it is, as Aben Ezra observes, an Ammonite, not an Ammonitess, a Moabite, not a Moabitess; they allow that females of those nations might be married to Israelites, that is, provided they were proselytesses, as Ruth was F13 Misn. Yebamot, c. 8. sect. 3. :

even to their tenth generation, shall they not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ever ; that is, not only to the tenth generation, but for ever; and this law was understood as in force in Nehemiah's time, which was more than ten generations from the making of it; though now, as these nations are no more a distinct people, they suppose it is no longer binding F14 Misn. Yadaim, c. 4. sect. 4. .

- John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary