Bride compensation
Money, service, or goods given to the family of a bride as compensation for the loss of her work for her family.
Key passages
Ge 29:15–30

Then Laban said to Jacob, “Just because you are my brother should you work for me for nothing? Tell me what your wage should be.” Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Now the eyes of Leah were dull, but Rachel …

Ge 34:12

Make the bride price and gift as high as you like; I will give what you say to me. But give me the girl as a wife.”

Ex 22:16–17

“ ‘If a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged and he lies with her, he surely will give her bride price to have her as his wife. If her father absolutely refuses to give her to him, he will weigh out money according to the bride price for the virgin. …

1 Sa 18:27

And David got up, and he and his men went and struck down two hundred men of the Philistines. Then David brought their foreskins, and they presented the full number to become the king’s son-in-law. Then Saul gave him Michal his daughter as his wife.