So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly.
We see the righteousness of Joseph right from the beginning in his desire not to publicly humiliate Mary because of her apparent infidelity. This is no small matter when you consider that Joseph must reasonably assume that there is another man in Mary’s life. Joseph displays his righteousness in his treatment of the one to which he has sworn himself by the decision to keep this private. Righteousness seeks the good of those we love even when it appears they may have wronged us at the deepest level. An unkind response is never justified. How thankful Joseph must have been when he found out ‘the rest of the story’ and the truth of Mary’s pregnancy.