King James Bible

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Espouse


"(2 Sam. 3:14), to betroth. The espousal was a ceremony of" "betrothing, a formal agreement between the parties then coming" under obligation for the purpose of marriage. Espousals are in the East frequently contracted years before the marriage is celebrated. It is referred to as figuratively illustrating the relations between God and his people (Jer. 2:2; Matt. 1:18; 2 Cor. 11:2). (See [193]BETROTH.)


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