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If the man doesn’t want to take his brother’s wife, then his brother’s wife must go up to the gate to the elders and say, ‘My husband’s brother refuses to raise up to his brother a name in Israel; he will not perform the duty of a husband’s brother to me.’ Bible

“gate to the elders.” 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 25:7