See also: Nehemiah 13:1. However, we also read that David was the great-grandson of Ruth, a Moabite, and he became king of Israel by God’s appointment.
God provided a naturalization pathway for foreigners to become full Israelites (see Leviticus 19:34), by which the foreigners could become “as one born among you”. Because Ruth dwelt among Israel and married an Israelite, she became a naturalized citizen, and so the ban against Moab does not apply.
The ban applied only to foreigners or visitors who had not been naturalized as Israelites.
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