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es-pouz'-al, es-pouz':

In the King James Version these words, following English usage of an earlier day, are used to signify either marriage or betrothal, while the American Standard Revised Version discriminates, and uses them only for marriage. For example, in 2 Samuel 3:14, "I espoused to me" (Hebrew 'erasti li) becomes "I betrothed to me." So also, in Matthew 1:18 Luke 1:27; Luke 2:5 which refer to the relation between Joseph and Mary before the birth of Jesus, "espoused" (mnesteuo) becomes "betrothed." On the other hand, "espoused" is retained in Songs 3:11 ("the day of his espousals"-that is, day of marriage); in Jeremiah 2:2 ("the love of thine espousals"-that is, the love of married state); and in 2 Corinthians 11:2 ("I espoused (hermosamen) you to one husband").

E. J. Forrester

Strong's Hebrew
3623. kelulah -- betrothal
... espousal. Denominative passive participle from kallah; bridehood (only in the plural) --
espousal. see HEBREW kallah. 3622, 3623. kelulah. 3624 . ...
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2861. chathunnah -- a marriage, wedding
... wedding (1). espousal. From chathan; a wedding -- espousal. see HEBREW chathan.
2860b, 2861. chathunnah. 2862 . Strong's Numbers.
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2860. chathan -- daughter's husband, bridegroom
... chathan; a relative by marriage (especially through the bride); figuratively, a
circumcised child (as a species of religious espousal) -- bridegroom, husband ...
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St. Ambrose Now Goes Back to the Address of Liberius when He Gave ...
... vying with each other for your companionship. "You," said he, "my daughter,
have desired a good espousal. You see how great a crowd ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter i st ambrose now.htm

The Best Introduction to this Production Will be the Following ...
... You have well said, She has an artificer [in espousal]; but by that espousal
she does not bear an artificer on an equality with herself. ...
/.../africanus/the writings of julius africanus/the best introduction to this.htm

Whether the Angels Receive the Dowries?
... Reply to Objection 2: Espousal is taken there in a broad sense, for union without
conformity of specific nature: and in this sense nothing prevents our saying ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether the angels receive the.htm

Christ the Best Husband: or an Earnest Invitation to Young Women ...
... chose you. Secondly, In this espousal of yours, my dear sisters, there is
a mutual affection; this doth accompany the choice. Your ...
/.../whitefield/selected sermons of george whitefield/christ the best husband or.htm

To Queen Giovanna of Naples (Written in Trance)
... of Catherine. Her temporary espousal of the cause of Urban has made only
more painful her reversion to the side of Clement. "You ...
/.../benincasa/letters of catherine benincasa/to queen giovanna of naples.htm

2 Cor. xi. 1
... as a pure virgin." Therefore I am jealous, not for myself, but for him to whom I
have espoused you.' For the present time is the time of espousal, but the time ...
/.../homilies on the epistles of paul to the corinthians/homily xxiii 2 cor xi.htm

Go Forth, O Ye Daughters of Zion, and Behold King Solomon with the ...
... It crowns Christ in the day of His espousals with a glory as sublime as it is
infinite and unfading. But what is the Lamb's espousal day? ...
// of songs of solomon/11 go forth o ye.htm

Letter cl. (AD 413. )
... find greater joy in obtaining, through espousals to her divine Lord, a pre-eminent
glory in heaven, than she could have had in becoming, through espousal to a ...
/.../augustine/the confessions and letters of st/letter cl a d 413.htm

The Voice that Breathed O'er Eden
... The primal marriage blessing,. It hath not passed away. Still in the pure espousal.
Of Christian man and maid,. The holy Three are with us,. ...
/.../holy matrimony 383 the voice.htm

The Life of Mary is Set Before virgins as an Example...
... how many virgins shall she meet, how many shall she embrace and bring to the Lord,
and say: "She has been faithful to her espousal, to my Son; she has kept her ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter ii the life of.htm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) The act of espousing or betrothing; especially, in the plural, betrothal; plighting of the troths; a contract of marriage; sometimes, the marriage ceremony.

2. (n.) The uniting or allying one's self with anything; maintenance; adoption; as, the espousal of a quarrel.

... 2. (n.) The uniting or allying one's self with anything; maintenance; adoption;
as, the espousal of a quarrel. Int. ...ESPOUSAL; ESPOUSE. ...
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Espouse (2 Occurrences)
... The espousal was a ceremony of betrothing, a formal agreement between the parties
then coming under obligation for the purpose of marriage. ...ESPOUSAL; ESPOUSE. ...
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Espousals (2 Occurrences)

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Espied (3 Occurrences)

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Dowry (5 Occurrences)
... See Dower. 2. (n.) A gift; endowment. 3. (n.) A gift or presents for the bride,
on espousal. See Dower. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. DOWRY. ...
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Heresy (2 Occurrences)
... In the fixed ecclesiastical sense that it ultimately attained, it indicated not
merely any doctrinal error, but "the open espousal of fundamental error ...
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Songs (100 Occurrences)
... and Lowth in their view that the So celebrates the marriage of Solomon and an Egyptian
princess; and Lowth's notion of a reference to the espousal of a church ...
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Spouse (7 Occurrences)
Multi-Version Concordance Spouse (7 Occurrences). Song of Songs ...
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Song (207 Occurrences)
... and Lowth in their view that the So celebrates the marriage of Solomon and an Egyptian
princess; and Lowth's notion of a reference to the espousal of a church ...
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Moses (9295 Occurrences)
... Whether he did so in word, by definite renunciation, or by his espousal of the cause
of the slave against the oppressive policy of Pharaoh is of little ...
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Related Terms

Espouse (2 Occurrences)

Espousals (2 Occurrences)

Espied (3 Occurrences)

Dowry (5 Occurrences)

Heresy (2 Occurrences)

Songs (100 Occurrences)

Spouse (7 Occurrences)

Song (207 Occurrences)

Moses (9295 Occurrences)

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