Deuteronomy 25:8
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New International Version
Then the elders of his town shall summon him and talk to him. If he persists in saying, "I do not want to marry her,"

New Living Translation
The elders of the town will then summon him and talk with him. If he still refuses and says, 'I don't want to marry her,'

English Standard Version
Then the elders of his city shall call him and speak to him, and if he persists, saying, ‘I do not wish to take her,’

New American Standard Bible
"Then the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, 'I do not desire to take her,'

King James Bible
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The elders of his city will summon him and speak with him. If he persists and says, 'I don't want to marry her,'

International Standard Version
Then the elders of the city are to summon him and speak with him. If he insists on saying, 'I don't want to marry her,'

NET Bible
Then the elders of his city must summon him and speak to him. If he persists, saying, "I don't want to marry her,"

New Heart English Bible
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak to him: and if he stand, and say, "I do not want to take her";

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the leaders of the city must summon him and talk to him. If he persists in saying that he doesn't want to marry her,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him; and if he stand, and say: 'I like not to take her';

New American Standard 1977
“Then the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, ‘I do not desire to take her,’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the elders of his city shall call him and speak unto him, and if he stands and says, I desire not to take her;

King James 2000 Bible
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stands to it, and says, I desire not to take her;

American King James Version
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak to him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her;

American Standard Version
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand, and say, I like not to take her;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they shall cause him to be sent for forthwith, and shall ask him. If he answer: I will not take her to wife:

Darby Bible Translation
Then the elders of his city shall call him and speak unto him; and if he stand to it and say, I like not to take her;

English Revised Version
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: and if he stand, and say, I like not to take her;

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak to him: and if he shall stand to it, and say, I like not to take her,

World English Bible
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak to him: and if he stand, and say, "I don't want to take her;"

Young's Literal Translation
and the elders of his city have called for him, and spoken unto him, and he hath stood and said, I have no desire to take her;
Study Bible
Widowhood and Marriage
7"But if the man does not desire to take his brother's wife, then his brother's wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, 'My husband's brother refuses to establish a name for his brother in Israel; he is not willing to perform the duty of a husband's brother to me.' 8"Then the elders of his city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, 'I do not desire to take her,' 9then his brother's wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face; and she shall declare, 'Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother's house.'…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 25:7
"But if the man does not desire to take his brother's wife, then his brother's wife shall go up to the gate to the elders and say, 'My husband's brother refuses to establish a name for his brother in Israel; he is not willing to perform the duty of a husband's brother to me.'

Deuteronomy 25:9
then his brother's wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face; and she shall declare, 'Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother's house.'

Ruth 4:7
Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak to him: and if he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her;

I like not

Ruth 4:6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar my …

Then the elders of his city shall call him,.... Require him to come, before them, and declare his resolution, and the reasons for it; recite this law to him, and explain the nature of it, and exhort him to comply with it, or show reason why he does not, at least to have his final resolution upon it:

and speak unto him; talk with him upon this subject, and give him their best advice; and what that was Maimonides (o) more particularly informs us; if it is good and advisable to marry, they advise him to marry; but if it is better advice to pluck off the shoe, they give it; as when she is young and he is old, or she is old and he young, they advise him to allow the shoe to be plucked off:

and if he stand to it: and say, I like not to take her; if, after all the conversation, debate, and counsel between them, he is resolute, and abides by his first determination, that he will not marry her, then the following method was to be taken.

(o) Yebum Vechalitzab, c. 4. sect. 1.25:5-12 The custom here regulated seems to have been in the Jewish law in order to keep inheritances distinct; now it is unlawful.
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