Exodus 22:17

17 If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he must still pay the bride-price for virgins.

Read Exodus 22:17 Using Other Translations

If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him, he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins.
If her father utterly refuses to give her to him, he shall pay money equal to the bride-price for virgins.
But if her father refuses to let him marry her, the man must still pay him an amount equal to the bride price of a virgin.

What does Exodus 22:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 22:17

If her father utterly refuse to give her unto him
For wife, either because of his character, family, or circumstances; or, however, being disagreeable to him on one account or another, and therefore will by no means agree to marry his daughter to him, and not only give him an absolute denial, but resolutely persist in it: the Targum of Jonathan has it,

``if it seems not good to him;''

if he do not like nor choose to marry her; and some add also, if she herself do not approve of marrying him:

he shall pay money according to the dowry of virgins;
as virgins on marriage have usually given them, according to their rank and dignity: here is no sum fixed, but the Targum of Jonathan is,

``he shall be mulcted in fifty shekels of silver,''

which is taken from ( Deuteronomy 22:29 ) though that seems to be not altogether a like case with this; for though it respects a virgin not betrothed, as here, yet one that has been forced, and therefore the man was obliged to marry her, and never put her away; and the mulct or fine was to be paid to the damsel's father and not to her: the Septuagint version here says, it was to be paid to the father.
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