The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 21:10–14

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10  When thou goest forth to battle against thine enemies, and YHWH thy God delivereth them into thy hands, and thou carriest them away captive,

10  If you have gone out to fight against your enemies, and the Lord your God has delivered them into your hand, and if, as you are leading away the captives,

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11  and seest among the captives a woman of goodly form, and thou hast a desire unto her, and wouldest take her to thee to wife;

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12  then thou shalt bring her home to thy house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails;

12  and shouldest bring her within thine house: then shalt thou shave her head, and pare her nails;

12  then you shall lead her into your house. And she shall shave off her hair, and cut her nails short,

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13  and she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thy house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month; and after that thou mayest go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife.

13  and remove the garment in which she was captured. And she shall sit in your house and weep for her father and mother, for one month. And after that, you shall enter to her and sleep with her, and she shall be your wife.

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14  And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt let her go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not deal with her as a slave, because thou hast humbled her.

14  But if afterwards she does not sit well in your mind, you shall set her free. You cannot sell her for money, nor can you oppress her by force. For you have humiliated her.