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Deu 20:7 (KJV) — And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.
Deu 20:7 (NASB) — 'And who is the man that is engaged to a woman and has not *married her? Let him depart and return to his house, otherwise he might die in the battle and another man *would marry her.'
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|betrothed a wife
||It was customary among the Jews to contract matrimony, espouse, or betroth, and for a considerable time to leave the parties in the houses of the respective parents; and when the bridegroom had made proper preparations, then the bride was brought home to his house, and the marriage consummated. The provisions in this verse refer to a case of this kind; though the Jews extend it to him who had newly consummated his marriage, and even to him who had married his brother's wife. It was deemed a peculiar hardship for a person to be obliged to go to battle, who had left a house unfinished, newly purchased land half tilled, or a wife with whom he had just contracted marriage. Deu 22:23-25; Deu 24:5; Mat 1:18|
|lest he die
||Deu 28:30; Luk 14:18-20; 2Ti 2:4|
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