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but he did not know her

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until she brought forth a son, and he called His name JESUS.

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But he did not have sexual relations with her until she delivered a son, and he gave Him the name THE ETERNAL AND PERSONAL GOD SAVES.


1: “did not know her”

This was their way of saying that he did not have sexual intercourse with her until after Jesus was born. Even though it was now his legal right, and even though he couldn’t get her more pregnant than she already was, he chose to respect and honor what God was doing. He did not want to interfere or appear to have interfered in any way.

2: The name Jesus

This name is the Aramaic version of the Hebrew name Joshua, which has the same meaning, “savior” or “YHVH saves.”