One key word in this passage as it relates to the “does premarital sex exist” debate is the word “endow”.
This passage does in Deuteronomy -29 must be understood in light of Exodus -17 which clearly shows a father must always consent to any marriage his daughter enters into (unless she is a widow or divorced).
So a father forcing the man to marry his daughter whom the man raped was a punishment against him and restitution for his daughter.
The first part of God’s unchanging moral law in Exodus -17 is found here in this phrase: All other sexual relations between a man and woman outside of marriage are either whoremongering or adultery.
The second part about of God’s unchanging moral law in Exodus -17 is found in this next phrase: In Numbers 30:3-16 we see that the only way a woman had the power to make vows of her own (which would include marriage) that could not be overridden by her father or her husband were if she was a widow or divorced: This passage above was not talking about marriage but rather that general authority of men over women and why women should wear head coverings in worship as a sign of women being under men. Under God’s moral law, a father transfers his ownership and authority over his daughter to her husband in marriage.
Since Ruth was a widow she had to the power to enter into marriage without seeking the consent of her father.
In the story of Ruth we see Levirate marriage being played out.Deuteronomy 25:5-10 describes the process of Levirate marriage where a brother or near kinsman was required to marry the wife of the dead relative to raise up an heir for his dead relative’s estate.Ruth had every right as the widow of a relative of Boaz to propose marriage to Boaz.The argument basically goes “How could a loving God force a woman to marry her rapist?” The problem is those who want to accuse the God of the Bible of issuing immoral commands are not looking at this from the perspective of the culture in which the command was given.Later in this article we will distinguish “premarital sex” from “pre-wedding sex”.