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betroth, betrothal

Meaning: to promise “by one’s truth”

Men and women were betrothed, when they were engaged to be married. This usually took place a year or more before marriage. From the time of betrothal the woman was regarded as the lawful wife of the man to whom she was betrothed (Deut. 28:30; Judg. 14:2, 8; Matt. 1:18-21).

The term is figuratively employed of the spiritual connection between God and his people (Hos. 2:19-20).

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