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19 Because Joseph, her husband to be,[a] was a righteous man, and because he did not want to disgrace her, he intended to divorce her[b] privately.

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  1. Matthew 1:19 tn Grk “husband.” See following note for discussion.
  2. Matthew 1:19 tn Or “send her away.”sn In the Jewish context, “full betrothal was so binding that its breaking required a certificate of divorce, and the death of one party made the other a widow or widower (m. Ketub. 1:2; m. Sota 1:5; m. Git. passim…)” (R. H. Gundry, Matthew: A Commentary on his Literary and Theological Art, 21).