bridegroom

Anglo-Saxon: bryd, bride; guma, man

Term used figuratively in the Bible. Comparisons taken from marriage are popular in the Scriptures. Our Lord employs the term in His parables, e.g., Matthew 25. He calls Himself the Bridegroom (Matthew 9) and is so styled by the precursor (John 3). This is a most beautiful and apt figure showing the relationship of Christ to His Church.