“When a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged to be married, and lies with her, he shall give the bride-price for her and make her his wife. But if her father refuses to give her to him, he shall pay an amount equal to the bride-price for virgins.”
Virgins are treated like property of their fathers. So if a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged and lies with her, he has to give ‘the bride-price’ for her and make her his wife. But if her father refuses, he still had to pay ‘the bride-price.’ Now you know why they ask who gives this bride. The father always responds. There is no talk of rape here.