Deuteronomy 20:7

Overview - Deuteronomy 20
The priest's exhortation to encourage the people to battle.
The officers' proclamation of who are to be dismissed from the war.
10 How to use the cities that accept or refuse the proclamation of peace.
16 What cities must be devoted.
19 Trees of man's meat must not be destroyed in the siege.
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Deuteronomy 20:7  (King James Version)
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.
 


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.
22:23-25 24:5 Matthew 1:18

lest he die
28:30 Luke 14:18-20 ; 2 Timothy 2:4
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