Matthew 1:19

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then Ioseph her husband being a iust man, and not willing to make her a publique example, was minded to put her away priuily.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And Joseph, her husband, being an upright man, and not desiring to make her a public example, had a mind to put her away privately.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

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

And Joseph, hir hosebonde, for he was riytful, and wolde not puplische hir, he wolde priueli haue left hir.
- Wycliffe Bible

and Joseph her husband being righteous, and not willing to make her an example, did wish privately to send her away.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 1:19


1:19 A just man - A strict observer of the law: therefore not thinking it right to keep her.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 1:19


Mt 1:19 Joseph her husband. Betrothal, according to the law (De 22:23,24), made him her husband before marriage. A just [man]. Righteous and humane. To put her away publicly was to expose her to the penalty of death. Probably she had made her defense to him, but her story was so wonderful that he was in doubt. Privily. Give her a bill of divorce. See De 24:1.

Discussion for Matthew 1:19

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