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Deuteronomy 20:7

7 Has anyone become pledged to a woman and not married her? Let him go home, or he may die in battle and someone else marry her.”

Read Deuteronomy 20:7 Using Other Translations

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.
And is there any man who has betrothed a wife and has not taken her? Let him go back to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man take her.'
Has anyone here just become engaged to a woman but not yet married her? Well, you may go home and get married! You might die in the battle, and someone else would marry her.’

What does Deuteronomy 20:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 20:7

And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not
taken her?
&c.] Home to his house and bedded with her; has only betrothed her, but is not properly married to her, the nuptials are not completed; this the Jews understand of anyone betrothed to him, whether a virgin or a widow, or the wife of a deceased brother (yea, they say, if his brother is dead in war, he returns and comes home), but not of a former wife divorced and received again F13:

let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in battle, and
another man take her;
or marry her.


FOOTNOTES:

F13 Misn. Sotah, ib. sect. 2.
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