Deuteronomy 21:11
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New International Version
if you notice among the captives a beautiful woman and are attracted to her, you may take her as your wife.

New Living Translation
And suppose you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you are attracted to her and want to marry her.

English Standard Version
and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire to take her to be your wife,

New American Standard Bible
and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself,

King James Bible
And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
if you see a beautiful woman among the captives, desire her, and want to take her as your wife,

International Standard Version
If you see among the prisoners a beautiful woman and you desire her, then you may take her as your wife.

NET Bible
if you should see among them an attractive woman whom you wish to take as a wife,

New Heart English Bible
and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you have a desire to her, and would take her to you as wife;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you see a beautiful woman among the captives and have your heart set on her, you may marry her.

JPS Tanakh 1917
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;

New American Standard 1977
and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself,

Jubilee Bible 2000
and seest among the captives a beautiful woman and hast a desire unto her that thou would have her to thy wife,

King James 2000 Bible
And see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire unto her, that you would have her to be your wife;

American King James Version
And see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire to her, that you would have her to your wife;

American Standard Version
and seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and thou hast a desire unto her, and wouldest take her to thee to wife;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And seest in the number of the captives a beautiful woman, and lovest her, and wilt have her to wife,

Darby Bible Translation
and thou seest among the captives a woman of beautiful form, and hast a desire unto her, and takest her as thy wife;

English Revised Version
and seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and thou hast a desire unto her, and wouldest take her to thee to wife;

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire to her, that thou wouldest have her for thy wife:

World English Bible
and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you have a desire to her, and would take her to you as wife;

Young's Literal Translation
and hast seen in the captivity a woman of fair form, and hast delighted in her, and hast taken to thee for a wife,
Study Bible
Marrying a Captive Woman
10"When you go out to battle against your enemies, and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive, 11and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself, 12then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and trim her nails.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 21:10
"When you go out to battle against your enemies, and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive,

Deuteronomy 21:12
then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and trim her nails.
Treasury of Scripture

And see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire to her, that you would have her to your wife;

desire

Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; …

Genesis 12:14,15 And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians …

Genesis 29:18-20 And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve you seven years for …

Genesis 34:3,8 And his soul joined to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved …

Judges 14:2,3 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have …

Proverbs 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you …

Proverbs 31:10,30 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies…

that

Numbers 31:18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with …

And seest among the captives a beautiful woman,.... Whether a virgin, wife, or widow, according to the Jewish writers, even though another man's wife; so Jarchi (c), and Maimonides (d); the marriages of Gentiles being reckoned by the Jews no marriages:

and hast a desire unto her; being captivated with her beauty; some understand this of the strength and rage of lust, but it rather signifies a passionate desire of enjoying her in a lawful way, as follows:

that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; to be married to her in a legal manner; for though it was not allowed the Israelites to marry any of the seven nations of Canaan, nor indeed with any of other nations continuing in their idolatry; yet they might marry such as became their captives and servants, and were wholly in their own power; and especially if proselytes to their religion, and which this fair captive was to become before marriage, as is by some gathered from the following things to be done by her; though after all, this was only a permission, because of the hardness of their hearts, as is said of divorce; and that such marriages were not very grateful to God appears, as some have observed, from the ceremonies used before marriage, to render her contemptible; and the easy dismission of her afterwards, according to the sense of some interpreters.

(c) Vid. T. Bab. Kiddushin, fol. 21. 2.((d) Hilchot Melachim, c. 8. sect. 3.21:10-14 By this law a soldier was allowed to marry his captive, if he pleased. This might take place upon some occasions; but the law does not show any approval of it. It also intimates how binding the laws of justice and honour are in marriage; which is a sacred engagement.
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