Matthew - Chapter 1


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1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

1 The book of the generations of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;

2 The son of Abraham was Isaac; and the son of Isaac was Jacob; and the sons of Jacob were Judah and his brothers;

3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;

3 And the sons of Judah were Perez and Zerah by Tamar; and the son of Perez was Hezron; and the son of Hezron was Ram;

4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;

4 And the son of Ram was Amminadab; and the son of Amminadab was Nahshon; and the son of Nahshon was Salmon;

5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

5 And the son of Salmon by Rahab was Boaz; and the son of Boaz by Ruth was Obed; and the son of Obed was Jesse;

6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;

6 And the son of Jesse was David the king; and the son of David was Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah;

7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;

7 And the son of Solomon was Rehoboam; and the son of Rehoboam was Abijah; and the son of Abijah was Asa;

8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

8 And the son of Asa was Jehoshaphat; and the son of Jehoshaphat was Joram; and the son of Joram was Uzziah;

9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

9 And the son of Uzziah was Jotham; and the son of Jotham was Ahaz; and the son of Ahaz was Hezekiah;

10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;

10 And the son of Hezekiah was Manasseh; and the son of Manasseh was Amon; and the son of Amon was Josiah;

11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

11 And the sons of Josiah were Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the taking away to Babylon.

12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;

12 And after the taking away to Babylon, Jechoniah had a son Shealtiel; and Shealtiel had Zerubbabel;

13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;

13 And Zerubbabel had Abiud; and Abiud had Eliakim; and Eliakim had Azor;

14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;

14 And Azor had Zadok; and Zadok had Achim; and Achim had Eliud;

15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

15 And Eliud had Eleazar; and Eleazar had Matthan; and Matthan had Jacob;

16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

16 And the son of Jacob was Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, whose name is Christ.

17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the taking away to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the taking away to Babylon to the coming of Christ, fourteen generations.

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way: when his mother Mary was going to be married to Joseph, before they came together the discovery was made that she was with child by the Holy Spirit.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

19 And Joseph, her husband, being an upright man, and not desiring to make her a public example, had a mind to put her away privately.

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

20 But when he was giving thought to these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, have no fear of taking Mary as your wife; because that which is in her body is of the Holy Spirit.

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

21 And she will give birth to a son; and you will give him the name Jesus; for he will give his people salvation from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

22 Now all this took place so that the word of the Lord by the prophet might come true,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

23 See, the virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a son, and they will give him the name Immanuel, that is, God with us.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

24 And Joseph did as the angel of the Lord had said to him, and took her as his wife;

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

25 And he had no connection with her till she had given birth to a son; and he gave him the name Jesus.




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