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?"

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

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

New American Standard Bible
But Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

NASB 1995
Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”

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

Amplified Bible
Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin and have no intimacy with any man?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And Mary said to the messenger, “How will this be, seeing I do not know a husband?”

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?"

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?'

Additional Translations ...
Context
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.









(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.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
“How
Πῶς (Pōs)
Adverb
Strong's 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 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 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 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

the
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 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 32: From aggello; a messenger; especially an 'angel'; by implication, a pastor.

“since
ἐπεὶ (epei)
Conjunction
Strong's 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 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.


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