September 23rd, 2009
13 If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,
14 And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:
15 Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel’s virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate:
16 And the damsel’s father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her;
17 And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter’s virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.
18 And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him;
19A nd they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days.
20 But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.
According to this passage from Deuteronomy 22, it is more shameful for a man to defame a virgin than to rape a virgin. In this instance, the man pays 100 shekels of silver to the woman’s father. In Deuteronomy 22:28-29, the man only pays fifty shekels for the rape of a virgin.
Additionally, any woman who has sex before she is married may be stoned to death on her father’s doorstep. As it is a common practice among people from many nations to engage in the practice of trying before buying and indeed have premarital sex, this little-known Biblical law is rarely if ever enforced, with the notable exceptions of certain third-world and third-rate countries.