Luke 1:29

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.

Read Luke 1:29 Using Other Translations

And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.
Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.

What does Luke 1:29 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 1:29

And when she saw him
The Persic version renders it, "when Mary saw the angel"; which expresses the true sense of the words, The Vulgate Latin reads, "when she heard"; i.e. the salutation:

she was troubled at his saying;
at his speaking to her; she was surprised at the sight of him, and more at what he said to her;

and cast in her mind,
or thought and reasoned within herself,

what manner of salutation this should be;
for it was not usual with the Jews for a man to use any salutation to a woman; with them it was not lawful to be done in any shape or form; not by a messenger, nor even by her own husband F21; so that Mary might well be thrown into a concern what should be the meaning of this; and especially, that she should be addressed in such language, and saluted as a peculiar favourite of God, and blessed among women.


F21 T. Bab. Kiddushin, fol. 70. 1, 2. Maimon. Hilch. Issure Biah, c. 21.
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