When 21-year-old Josten Bundy pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge after fighting with his girlfriend’s former boyfriend, he was given a choice of marrying her or going to jail for the crime. The judge gave Bundy the choice between two years’ probation or 15 days in jail. The terms of probation included requiring Bundy to write out a Bible verse 25 times every day, and getting married to his girlfriend within 30 days. The verse he had to write out was Proverbs 26:27, “If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it.” The woman, Elizabeth Jaynes said that she and Bundy got married, but her father was not happy with the judge’s decision. Both Jaynes and Bundy said they thought the judge’s sentence would include probation, but they were surprised about the conditions involved. Both admitted they were afraid not to follow through with the judge’s orders, and so they went ahead and got married. —Jim L. Wilson and by Jim Sandell
Man gets a choice: Marry her or go to jail, By Tony Marco, http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/07/us/texas-judge-marriage-sentence/index.html, Accessed August 8, 2015.
Proverbs 26:27 (NASB) “He who digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.”