Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. Matthew 1: 19
Resolved. His mind was made up. Scripture does not tell us how hard a decision it was for Joseph to make about Mary. Was he reacting emotionally to shocking news or had he thought about this decision and weighed all the options?
Either way, he was resolved. He would tell his pregnant fiancé he would not marry her. That was what would be expected. Why would he bring that shame into his family? By the bias of his culture, it was the right thing to do. What was merciful about this decision was that he would not publicly embarrass her. He would, “put her away quietly’.
He was about to do the wrong thing for the right reason.