Monday, March 19, 2012

Deuteronomy 22:13-17

It has been a whole week. I'm chugging along with my reading; not doing so great with the writing. Last time I wrote, I was in Deuteronomy 4, and today I read through Deuteronomy 24.

I came across a curious and kind of embarrassing passage that I have read before, but I never know where it is. Well, it's in Deuteronomy 22.

If any man takes a wife and goes in to her and then hates her and accuses her of misconduct and brings a bad name upon her, saying, ‘I took this woman, and when I came near her, I did not find in her evidence of virginity,’ then the father of the young woman and her mother shall take and bring out the evidence of her virginity to the elders of the city in the gate. And the father of the young woman shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man to marry, and he hates her; and behold, he has accused her of misconduct, saying, “I did not find in your daughter evidence of virginity.” And yet this is the evidence of my daughter's virginity.’ And they shall spread the cloak before the elders of the city.

Deuteronomy 22:13-17 (ESV)

It seems as though the "proof of virginity" is blood stained sheets from the wedding night. This is somewhat disturbing to me, but it reminds me of something else I wrote once.

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