13 Suppose a man marries a woman, but after going in to her, he dislikes her 14and makes up charges against her, slandering her by saying, I married this woman; but when I lay with her, I did not find evidence of her virginity. 15The father of the young woman and her mother shall then submit the evidence of the young womans virginity to the elders of the city at the gate. 16The father of the young woman shall say to the elders: I gave my daughter in marriage to this man but he dislikes her; 17now he has made up charges against her, saying, I did not find evidence of your daughters virginity. But here is the evidence of my daughters virginity. Then they shall spread out the cloth before the elders of the town. 18The elders of that town shall take the man and punish him; 19they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver (which they shall give to the young womans father) because he has slandered a virgin of Israel. She shall remain his wife; he shall not be permitted to divorce her as long as he lives.
20 If, however, this charge is true, that evidence of the young womans virginity was not found, 21then they shall bring the young woman out to the entrance of her fathers house and the men of her town shall stone her to death, because she committed a disgraceful act in Israel by prostituting herself in her fathers house. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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