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also known as: 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).