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18 ¶ Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
18 Verse 18. Espoused to Joseph] The word μνηστευθεισης, from

μνηστευω, to contract, or betroth, refers to the previous

marriage agreement, in which the parties mutually bound themselves

to each other; without which, no woman was ever married among the

Jews. Among the Hindoos, a woman is espoused often a whole year,

and even longer before the marriage takes place.



Before they came together] The woman was espoused at her own,

or her father's house; and, generally, some time elapsed before

she was taken home to the house of her husband: De 20:7;

Jud 14:7, 8. This custom has been immemorially observed among

the inhabitants of Ireland, who have not only this, but many

Asiatic customs, which, added to various authentic historic

proofs, are collateral evidences that they received the Christian

religion, not from the popes of Rome, but through the means of

Asiatic missionaries.



Among the Jews, the espousal, though the marriage had not been

consummated, was considered as perfectly legal and binding on both

sides; and hence a breach of this contract was considered as a

case of adultery, and punished exactly in the same way. See

De 22:25, 28. Nor could a contract of this kind, though there

was no cohabitation, be broken but by a regular divorce, as Mr.

Selden, in his Uxor Hebraica, has proved at large from the Jewish

rabbins.



She was found with child] Her situation was the most

distressing and humiliating that can be conceived. Nothing but

the fullest consciousness of her own integrity, and the strongest

confidence in God, could have supported her in such trying

circumstances, where her reputation, her honour, and her life were

at stake. What conversation passed between her and Joseph, on

this discovery, we are not informed; but the issue proves that it

was not satisfactory to him: nor could he resolve to consider her

as his wife, till God had sent his angel to bear the most

unequivocal testimony to the virgin's innocence. His whole

conduct, on this occasion, was exceedingly benevolent and humane.

He might at once have taken the advantage of the law,

De 22:23, 24, and had her stoned to death.

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