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All these had taken strange wives: and some of them had wives by whom they had children.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

10:44 strange wives. These pagan wives and their children were not simply turned out to fend for themselves. The customs of the time—as well as simple considerations of right and wrong—would require that any dowry a wife had brought with her be returned with her back to her parents’ home. Both she and her children, if any, would become members again of the family of her parents.

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