And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
Now the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren.
1 Samuel 1:5
but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the LORD had closed her womb.
1 Samuel 1:6
Her rival, however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb.
For seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, "We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach!"
The people were waiting for Zacharias, and were wondering at his delay in the temple.
"This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked [with favor] upon [me], to take away my disgrace among men."
to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.