The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleExodus 21:10
If he take him another wife…
The father takes another
wife for his son, or the son takes another wife to himself after he has
betrothed and married his father's maidservant:
her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish;
neither deny it her in whole, nor lessen it in part, but give her her
full due of each. What is meant by the two former words is easy, and
admits of no difficulty, the latter is differently interpreted. Some
take it to signify no other than an "habitation" F21, that as he was to
provide food and raiment for her, so an house to dwell, in; but the
generality of interpreters, Jewish and Christian, understand it as we
do, of the conjugal duty, the use of the marriage bed, or what the
apostle calls due benevolence, (1 Corinthians 7:3) . The word is thought to have
the signification of a fixed time for it; and the Misnic doctors F23
are very particular in assigning the set times of it for different
persons; and in those countries where there were, and where there still
are, plurality of wives, each had, and have their turns, see
(Genesis 30:15,16) .
F21 (htne) "habitationem ejus", Montanus, Junius & Tremellius; so
some in Aben Ezra. Vid. Pfeiffer. "dubia vexata", cent. 1. loc. 97.
F23 Misn. Cetubot, c. 5. sect. 6.