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There is no word "token" when read in Hebrew. The word "token" was added in by translators. The original Hebrew of verse 17 says, והנה And hence הוא שם he sets עלילת דברים לאמר verbal accusation/narrative to say לא מצאתי לבתך I have not found in your daughter בתולים virginity ואלה בתולי בתי and there my ...


The word used in verses 14, 17, and 18 is bətûlîm, “evidence(s) of virginity.” This is from bətûlâ, “virgin”, which is used in verse 19 to describe a woman thus evidenced. It refers to the custom of retaining a blood-stained sheet or cloth from the bed where a marriage is consummated. The blood (dam betulim) is said to “prove” the bride’s virginity as it ...

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