Deuteronomy 22:20

20 If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found,

Read Deuteronomy 22:20 Using Other Translations

But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
But if the thing is true, that evidence of virginity was not found in the young woman,
“But suppose the man’s accusations are true, and he can show that she was not a virgin.

What does Deuteronomy 22:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 22:20

But if this thing be true
Which the husband of the damsel laid to her charge, that she was no virgin when married to him, and she had committed whoredom, of which there was plain proof:

and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel;
by her parents, or those who had the care of her; or no sufficient reason could be assigned for the want of them, through any family defect, or any disorder of her own; which, as Maimonides F26 says, the judges were to inquire into.


F26 Hilchot Ishot, c. 11. sect. 12.
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