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The engagement of a man and woman to marry each other at a future time. Parents anciently often betrothed their daughters without their consent, and even while very young, as is still the case in oriental countries. Sometimes a regular written contract was made, in which the bridegroom bound himself to give a certain sum as a portion to his bride. The marriage was not complete until the bride was at least twelve years old; yet the betrothal could be dissolved only by divorce or death, Matthew 1:18-25 Luke 2:27. God speaks of betrothing his people to himself, in bonds of tender affection, and pledging his word that all his gracious promised will be fulfilled to them, Jeremiah 2:2 Hosea 2:19,20. Of this, ministers are the instruments, through the preaching of the gospel, 2 1 Corinthians 11:2. Hence the word BEULAH.


The Mystical Union with Immanuel.
... I say unto thee, in thy blood, Live. Tho thou art poor, betrothing thee,
I will make thee partaker of Myself and of My treasure. ...
/.../kuyper/the work of the holy spirit/xxvi the mystical union with.htm

Oration Concerning Simeon and Anna
... virgin mother, therefore, escaped entirely the manner of women even before she brought
forth: doubtless, in order that the Holy Spirit, betrothing her unto ...
/.../the writings of methodius fragments/oration concerning simeon and anna.htm

Christ the Believer's Husband
... We are not used to marry people against their wills. This is what the Jews called
betrothing, or espousing, a thing previous to the solemnity of marriage. ...
/.../selected sermons of george whitefield/christ the believers husband.htm

The Women of the Gospel Narrative the Study of the Early Christian ...
... Joseph, however, was clearly pointed out, in the manner described, as being the
chosen man. "Accordingly, the usual ceremonies of betrothing being over, he ...
/.../brittain/women of early christianity/i the women of the.htm

The Book of Jubilees
... The prohibition against intermarrying with the Canaanites was originally uttered
by the same patriarch; and the rule concerning the betrothing of the elder ...
// book of jubilees.htm

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