Luke 1:34
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?”

Berean Study Bible
“How can this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

Berean Literal Bible
And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I do not know a man?"

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

New King James Version
Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”

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

Christian Standard Bible
Mary asked the angel, "How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?"

Contemporary English Version
Mary asked the angel, "How can this happen? I am not even married!"

Good News Translation
Mary said to the angel, "I am a virgin. How, then, can this be?"

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?"

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

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."

New American Standard 1977
And Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”

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?'
Study Bible
Gabriel Foretells Jesus' Birth
33and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom will never end!” 34“How can this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon 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.…
Cross References
Luke 1:33
and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom will never end!"

Luke 1:35
The angel replied, "The Holy Spirit will come upon 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 intreated the LORD, and said, O my Lord, let the man of God which thou didst send come again unto us, and teach us what we shall do unto the child that shall be born…

Acts 9:6
And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.







Lexicon
“How
Πῶς (Pōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 4459: Adverb from the base of pou; an interrogative particle of manner; in what way?; also as exclamation, how much!

can this be,”
ἔσται (estai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

Mary
Μαριὰμ (Mariam)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3137: Or Mariam of Hebrew origin; Maria or Mariam, the name of six Christian females.

asked
Εἶπεν (Eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

angel,
ἄγγελον (angelon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 32: From aggello; a messenger; especially an 'angel'; by implication, a pastor.

“since
ἐπεὶ (epei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1893: Of time: when, after; of cause: since, because; otherwise: else. From epi and ei; thereupon, i.e. Since.

I am a virgin?”
γινώσκω (ginōskō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.
(34) How shall this be?--The question of the Virgin is not altogether of the same nature as that of Zacharias in Luke 1:18. He asks by what sign he shall know that the words were true which told him of a son in his old age. Mary is told of a far greater marvel, for her question shows that she understood the angel to speak of the birth as antecedent to her marriage, and she, accepting the words in faith, does not demand a sign, but reverently seeks to know the manner of their accomplishment.

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.
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