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Then you must bring her home to your house, and she must shave her head and do something with her nails,

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you must bring her home to your house, then you will give her time to mourn her losses and also to become a convert to Judaism, demonstrated by the typical signs of mourning and converting.



The word I have rendered “do something with” can mean a number of things, including, “do, make, prepare, produce, fashion, accomplish, deal with, attend to” and a few other things. The main idea is “make.” It appears that some cultures let their nails grow long as a sign of mourning, while other cultures trimmed the nails close or did something different with the nails. That might be the reason for the use of such a vague word, but actually Hebrew uses vague words like this quite often, allowing context to determine what is meant.