1. NT#3423 from a derivative of G3415; to give a souvenir (engagement present), i.e. betroth:—espouse. To woo her and ask her in marriage to be promised in marriage, be betrothed. (Matt.1:18, Luke.1:27; 2:5)
2. Also Strong's Con. NT#718 from G719; to joint, i.e. (figuratively) to woo (reflexively, to betroth): — espouse.
B. English Dictionary / Thesaurus.
To be betroth / engaged / spoken for / to woo her (romantically pursue, pursue, chase (after); dated court, pay court to, romance, seek the hand of, set one's cap for/at, make love to)
C. Mary and Joseph are a picture of Christ and His Church, because...
1. Mary was "espoused" (engaged) to Joseph. (the bridegroom) She was promised to Joseph in marriage and Joseph "knew her not" (Matt.1:25) i.e. they had not came together as Husband and wife. Paul writes, the Church is "espoused" to Christ. (Promised in marriage) but the marriage has not yet been consummated. (Review: PHASE 10 and 7th. Seal) 2. She was found with child "of the Holy Ghost" while being "espoused" (Matt.1:18) 3. Joseph thought she had being unfaithful to him and he "was minded to put her away" The Levitical Law gave Joseph this authority over Mary (Matt.1:18-19, Deut.24:1-3, Matt.5:17-19, Rom.3:21- 31;16:25-26, Luke.24:44-45) a. Jesus (our bridegroom Luke.5:44-45) / The last Adam 1Cor.15:45) will fulfill this Law of Marriage. (Matt.5:17-19, Note: Lev.21:10-15)
Note: This is the connection between Joseph and Mary with Christ and His Church
b. He is the head of the Church / The last Eve (2Cor.11:1-3, Eph.5:21-32) with the same authority to put us away if we are commit spiritual adultery with this world. (James.4:1-4 / 1 John.2:15-17, 2 Cor.6:14-18) c. This is why we need Jesus (our bridegroom / Last Adam) to prepare / present us "a chaste (pure, holy) virgin / last Eve unto Himself. (2 Cor.11:1-3, Matt.25:1-13) Some are expecting this to be automatic, "in the twinkling of an eye" (1Cor.15:51-52) at any moment. However this is only speaking of our mortal bodies being changed, not our presentation as the Bride of Christ.
d. Once we are prepared as a chaste (perfected, completed) virgin, then (PHASE 10, 12) the Holy Ghost will overshadow the Church / the chaste virgin as He did with Mary Luke.1:35) the Church / the chaste virgin
e. THIS IS THE PURPOSE for the Church being presented as a "chaste virgin" in order to be presented and married to Christ, to produce a man child that will cause war in heaven to remove Satan from his access to the heavenly places (Eph.3:1-12) and be limited to this earth. (PHASE 10, 12)