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Widow

WIDOW (אַלְמָנָה, H530, widow, silent one; χήρα, G5939, widow, one bereaved). The widow was classified with the “fatherless” and the “sojourner” from the earliest of Bible times as one to be sincerely pitied (Deut 14:29; 16:11; 24:19; 26:12; Ps 94:6). The widow’s future. The ideal future for a widow was remarriage. Until that opportunity arose she might stay at her father’s home (Gen 38:11) or even at her mother-in-law’s house (Ruth 1:16). If the daughter of a priest became a childless widow, she could return to her home where she could still eat of her father’s food (Lev 22:13). Under a provision known as the “Levirate marriage,” a brother or the next of kin of a deceased man should under certain circumstances marry the widow (Deut 25:5-10; Gen 38:11). A son born to this marriage would be considered to be the deceased man’s son. Concern for the widow’s future seems to be mixed. At times the inheritance stands out as fundamental in the provisions set forth, and at other times the