Matthew 1:19
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New International Version
Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

New Living Translation
Joseph, her fiance, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

English Standard Version
And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.

Berean Study Bible
Because Joseph her husband, a righteous man, was unwilling to disgrace her publicly, he resolved to divorce her quietly.

Berean Literal Bible
Then Joseph her husband, being righteous and not willing to shame her publicly, resolved to divorce her quietly.

New American Standard Bible
And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.

King James Bible
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly.

International Standard Version
Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to disgrace her, decided to divorce her secretly.

NET Bible
Because Joseph, her husband to be, was a righteous man, and because he did not want to disgrace her, he intended to divorce her privately.

New Heart English Bible
And Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, intended to put her away secretly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But Yoseph her lord was righteous and did not want to expose her, and he was considering divorcing her secretly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Her husband Joseph was an honorable man and did not want to disgrace her publicly. So he decided to break the marriage agreement with her secretly.

New American Standard 1977
And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her, desired to put her away secretly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Joseph her husband, being just and not willing to expose her publicly, desired to leave her secretly.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, decided to put her away privately.

American King James Version
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately.

American Standard Version
And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.

Darby Bible Translation
But Joseph, her husband, being [a] righteous [man], and unwilling to expose her publicly, purposed to have put her away secretly;

English Revised Version
And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, purposed to put her away privately.

Weymouth New Testament
But Joseph her husband, being a kind-hearted man and unwilling publicly to disgrace her, had determined to release her privately from the betrothal.

World English Bible
Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, intended to put her away secretly.

Young's Literal Translation
and Joseph her husband being righteous, and not willing to make her an example, did wish privately to send her away.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:18-25 Let us look to the circumstances under which the Son of God entered into this lower world, till we learn to despise the vain honours of this world, when compared with piety and holiness. The mystery of Christ's becoming man is to be adored, not curiously inquired into. It was so ordered that Christ should partake of our nature, yet that he should be pure from the defilement of original sin, which has been communicated to all the race of Adam. Observe, it is the thoughtful, not the unthinking, whom God will guide. God's time to come with instruction to his people, is when they are at a loss. Divine comforts most delight the soul when under the pressure of perplexed thoughts. Joseph is told that Mary should bring forth the Saviour of the world. He was to call his name Jesus, a Saviour. Jesus is the same name with Joshua. And the reason of that name is clear, for those whom Christ saves, he saves from their sins; from the guilt of sin by the merit of his death, and from the power of sin by the Spirit of his grace. In saving them from sin, he saves them from wrath and the curse, and all misery, here and hereafter. Christ came to save his people, not in their sins, but from their sins; and so to redeem them from among men, to himself, who is separate from sinners. Joseph did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, speedily, without delay, and cheerfully, without dispute. By applying the general rules of the written word, we should in all the steps of our lives, particularly the great turns of them, take direction from God, and we shall find this safe and comfortable.
Study Bible
The Birth of Jesus
18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged in marriage to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with Child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband, a righteous man, was unwilling to disgrace her publicly, he resolved to divorce her quietly. 20But after he had pondered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the One conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 22:20
"But if this charge is true, that the girl was not found a virgin,

Deuteronomy 22:23
"If there is a girl who is a virgin engaged to a man, and another man finds her in the city and lies with her,

Deuteronomy 24:1
"When a man takes a wife and marries her, and it happens that she finds no favor in his eyes because he has found some indecency in her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce and puts it in her hand and sends her out from his house,

John 8:4
and said, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.

John 8:5
In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such a woman. So what do You say?"

Acts 27:39
When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they sighted a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could.

2 Corinthians 1:15
Confident of this, I planned to visit you first, so that you might receive a double blessing.
Treasury of Scripture

Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately.

her husband.

Leviticus 19:20 And whoever lies carnally with a woman, that is a female slave, betrothed …

Deuteronomy 22:23,24 If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed to an husband, and a man …

a just.

Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect …

Psalm 112:4,5 To the upright there rises light in the darkness: he is gracious, …

Mark 6:20 For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, …

Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; …

Acts 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that …

a public.

Genesis 38:24 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, …

Leviticus 20:10 And the man that commits adultery with another man's wife, even he …

Deuteronomy 22:21-24 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's …

John 8:4,5 They say to him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act…

was.

Deuteronomy 24:1-4 When a man has taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass …

Mark 10:4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorce, and to put her away.

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