English Standard Version
But if the thing is true, that evidence of virginity was not found in the young woman,
King James Bible
But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
American Standard Version
But if this thing be true, that the tokens of virginity were not found in the damsel;
But if what he charged her with be true, and virginity be not found in the damsel:
English Revised Version
But if this thing be true, that the tokens of virginity were not found in the damsel:
Webster's Bible Translation
But if this thing shall be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
Laws of Chastity and Marriage. - Higher and still holier than the order of nature stands the moral order of marriage, upon which the well-being not only of domestic life, but also of the civil commonwealth of nations, depends. Marriage must be founded upon fidelity and chastity on the part of those who are married. To foster this, and secure it against outbreaks of malice and evil lust, was the design and object of the laws which follow. The first (Deuteronomy 22:13-21) relates to the chastity of a woman on entering into the married state, which might be called in question by her husband, either from malice or with justice. The former case is that which Moses treats of first of all. If a man took a wife, and came to her, and hated her, i.e., turned against her after gratifying his carnal desires (like Amnon, for example, 2 Samuel 13:15), and in order to get rid of her again, attributed "deeds or things of words" to her, i.e., things which give occasion for words or talk, and so brought an evil name upon her, saying, that on coming to her he did not find virginity in her. בּתוּלים, virginity, here the signs of it, viz., according to Deuteronomy 22:17, the marks of a first intercourse upon the bed-clothes or dress.
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And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
The sons of Jacob had come in from the field as soon as they heard of it, and the men were indignant and very angry, because he had done an outrageous thing in Israel by lying with Jacob's daughter, for such a thing must not be done.
and it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently, and if it is true and certain that such an abomination has been done in Israel,
and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought a bad name upon a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife. He may not divorce her all his days.
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