“Hey, Pam! Do you understand the first two verses we read today? How did they measure the distance to the nearest town?” (This from a lumberman who carries a tape measure all day.)

“They walked it off.”

Measurements in the Bible were not based on inches or meters like we use today. They would measure by a “handbreadth” or how many steps between places for distance. Many verses in the King James Version of the Bible leaves us with more questions than clarity. . . like today’s verse.

Deuteronomy 22:17, “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.” King James Bible

“What tokens?”

“What cloth?”

Deuteronomy 22:17, ” ‘He has accused her of shameful conduct, saying, “I discovered that your daughter was not a virgin.” But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.’ Then he must spread her bed sheet before the elders.” New Living Translation

After a couple spent their wedding night together, the unwashed sheet was given to the parents of the bride. There would be a small blood stain on it from the hymen breaking. This was their proof of her virginity.

When I don’t understand a verse in the version I am reading, I type the reference in at They list the same verse in many versions of the Bible. One of them will make it clearer to me.

Dear Father God,

Every time I open the Bible and read I learn something new. There are mysteries in the Bible and only You can reveal them. Thank You for a husband who reads his Bible every day. I know that You are the secret to our long marriage. Thank You for that!

In Jesus Name,


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