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then the father of the girl, and her mother, are to take and bring out the evidence of the girl’s virginity to the elders at the gate of the city, Bible other translations

“elders at the gate of the city.” In the biblical culture of the Old Testament it was the custom that the elders of a city would sit at the city gate (Gen. 19:1, 9; Deut. 21:19; 22:15; 25:7; Josh. 20:4; Ruth 4:11; 1 Sam. 4:18; Esther 2:19, 21; 3:2; Lam. 5:14; Dan. 2:49). [For more on the elders at the gate, see commentary on Ruth 4:11; and for Wisdom being at the city gate, see commentary on Prov. 1:21].


Commentary for: Deuteronomy 22:15

 
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