The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 22:13–21

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13  If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,

13  And if any one should take a wife, and dwell with her, and hate her,

13  If a man takes a wife, and afterwards he has hatred for her,

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14  and lay wanton charges against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say: 'I took this woman, and when I came nigh to her, I found not in her the tokens of virginity';

14  and so he seeks opportunities to dismiss her, imputing a very wicked name to her by saying, ‘I received this woman as a wife, and upon entering to her, I found her not to be a virgin,’

15  then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel's virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate.

15  then her father and mother shall take her, and they shall bring with them the signs of her virginity, to the elders of the city who are at the gate.

16  And the damsel's father shall say unto the elders: 'I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;

16  And the father shall say: ‘I gave my daughter to this man as a wife. And because he hates her,

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17  and, lo, he hath laid wanton charges, saying: I found not in thy daughter the tokens of virginity; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity.' And they shall spread the garment before the elders of the city.

17  and now he has hated her, and attaches reproachful words to her, saying, I have not found tokens of virginity with thy daughter; and these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity. And they shall unfold the garment before the elders of the city.

17  he accuses her with a very wicked name, by saying: “I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.” But behold, these are the signs of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the clothing before the elders of the city.

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18  And the elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him.

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19  And they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel; and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.

19  Moreover, they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver, which he will give to the father of the girl, because he has committed slander, with a very wicked name, against a virgin of Israel. And he shall have her as a wife, and he cannot dismiss her throughout all the days of his life.

20  But if this thing be true, that the tokens of virginity were not found in the damsel;

20  But if what he has claimed is true and virginity is not found in the girl,

21  then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die; because she hath wrought a wanton deed in Israel, to play the harlot in her father's house; so shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee.

21  then they shall throw her down, outside the doors of her father’s house, and the men of that city shall stone her to death, and she shall die. For she has acted wickedly in Israel, in that she fornicated in her father’s house. And so shall you take away the evil from your midst.