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Amerce

Amerce

To punish by fine.

And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him; and they shall AMERCE him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days. ( Deuteronomy 22:18-19 )

Source: A King James Dictionary. (Used with permission. Copyright © Philip P. Kapusta)

Bibliography Information

"Entry for 'Amerce'". A King James Dictionary.

AMERCE

a-murs':

Found in the King James Version only in Deuteronomy 22:19, "And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver." Amerce is a legal term derived from the French (a = "at"; merci = "mercy," i.e. literally, "at the mercy" (of the court)). Here it is used of the imposing of a fine, according to the Law of Moses, upon the man who has been proven by the Elders to have brought a false charge against the virginity of the maid he has married by saying to the father, "I found not thy daughter a maid."


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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'AMERCE'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.