Luke 1:34
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New International Version
"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"

New Living Translation
Mary asked the angel, "But how can this happen? I am a virgin."

English Standard Version
And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

New American Standard Bible
Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"

King James Bible
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Mary asked the angel, "How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?"

International Standard Version
Mary asked the angel, "How can this happen, since I have not had relations with a man?"

NET Bible
Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Maryam said to the Angel, “How will this be, for no man has known me?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Mary asked the angel, "How can this be? I've never had sexual intercourse."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

King James 2000 Bible
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

American King James Version
Then said Mary to the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

American Standard Version
And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?

Darby Bible Translation
But Mary said to the angel, How shall this be, since I know not a man?

English Revised Version
And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said Mary to the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Weymouth New Testament
"How can this be," Mary replied, "seeing that I have no husband?"

World English Bible
Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, seeing I am a virgin?"

Young's Literal Translation
And Mary said unto the messenger, 'How shall this be, seeing a husband I do not know?'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:26-38 We have here an account of the mother of our Lord; though we are not to pray to her, yet we ought to praise God for her. Christ must be born miraculously. The angel's address means only, Hail, thou that art the especially chosen and favoured of the Most High, to attain the honour Jewish mothers have so long desired. This wondrous salutation and appearance troubled Mary. The angel then assured her that she had found favour with God, and would become the mother of a son whose name she should call Jesus, the Son of the Highest, one in a nature and perfection with the Lord God. JESUS! the name that refreshes the fainting spirits of humbled sinners; sweet to speak and sweet to hear, Jesus, a Saviour! We know not his riches and our own poverty, therefore we run not to him; we perceive not that we are lost and perishing, therefore a Saviour is a word of little relish. Were we convinced of the huge mass of guilt that lies upon us, and the wrath that hangs over us for it, ready to fall upon us, it would be our continual thought, Is the Saviour mine? And that we might find him so, we should trample on all that hinders our way to him. Mary's reply to the angel was the language of faith and humble admiration, and she asked no sign for the confirming her faith. Without controversy, great was the mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh, 1Ti 3:16. Christ's human nature must be produced so, as it was fit that should be which was to be taken into union with the Divine nature. And we must, as Mary here, guide our desires by the word of God. In all conflicts, let us remember that with God nothing is impossible; and as we read and hear his promises, let us turn them into prayers, Behold the willing servant of the Lord; let it be unto me according to thy word.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then said Mary to the angel, how shall this be,.... This she said not as doubting the truth of what was said; for she required no sign, as Zacharias did; nor is she charged with, and blamed for unbelief, as he was; yea, it is expressly said, Luke 1:45 that she believed: nor was this a curious question, as whether she should have this son by a man in a married state, or in her present virgin state; for she clearly understood the angel to mean the latter; and therefore her words express her admiration at it, and also her desire to be informed of the manner how it should be: as to the matter of fact, she did not dispute it, but wanted to be resolved by what means it would be brought about: she knew, by prophecy, that the Messiah was to be born of a virgin, and she perceived, by the angel's declaration, that she was that virgin, but could not imagine in what way this amazing thing should be effected; and therefore proposes this question for the following reason,

seeing I know not a man? "A husband", as the Arabic version renders it; not Joseph, nor any other man; for though she was espoused to Joseph, yet he had not taken her to wife; nor were they, as yet; come together; and before they did, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost, Matthew 1:18 she was a pure virgin, untouched by man. The words are an "euphemism", or a modest way of expressing carnal copulation; see Genesis 4:1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

34. How, &c.—not the unbelief of Zacharias, "Whereby shall I know this?" but, taking the fact for granted, "How is it to be, so contrary to the unbroken law of human birth?" Instead of reproof, therefore, her question is answered in mysterious detail.

Luke 1:34 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
33and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end." 34Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" 35The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.…
Cross References
Luke 1:33
and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end."

Luke 1:35
The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
Treasury of Scripture

Then said Mary to the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

Judges 13:8-12 Then Manoah entreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man …

Acts 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what will you have me …

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