Then Joseph, awaking from sleep, did as the angel of Yahweh commanded him and took to himself his wife, Bible other translations

“took to himself.” The phrase “took to himself” here in Matthew 1:24 is the translation of the Greek word paralambanō (#3880 παραλαμβάνω), and here the emphasis is on Joseph receiving Mary into his home, taking her as his wife. However, see also the commentary on Matthew 1:20, “favorably accept.” The phrase, “and took to himself his wife” does not mean that Joseph married Mary that very morning. It simply means that he immediately started the process by which he would be married.

Commentary for: Matthew 1:24