13 “If any man takes a wife and goes in to her and then scorns and hates her,14 and charges her [without cause] with shameful behavior and [a]publicly defames her, and says, ‘I took this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find in her evidence of virginity,’15 then the young woman’s father and her mother shall get and bring out the evidence of her virginity to the elders of the city at the gate [where court is held].16 The father of the young woman shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man as a wife, but he hates her and has turned against her;17 and behold, he has made baseless charges against her, saying, “I did not find in your daughter the evidence of her virginity.” But this is the evidence of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread out the [b]garment before the elders of the city.18 “Then the elders of that city shall take the man and reprimand him,19 and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give it to the father of the young woman, because he [c]publicly defamed a virgin of Israel. And she shall remain his wife; he is not allowed to divorce her as long as he lives.
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