Then said Mary to the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
ContextThe Birth of Jesus Foretold
26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28And the angel came in to her, and said, Hail, you that are highly favored, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women. 29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God. 31And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give to him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34Then said Mary to the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come on you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God. 36And, behold, your cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according to your word. And the angel departed from her.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?
Darby Bible Translation
But Mary said to the angel, How shall this be, since I know not a man?
King James Bible
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
Young's Literal Translation
And Mary said unto the messenger, 'How shall this be, seeing a husband I do not know?'