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1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
1:2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
1:3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
1:4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;
1:5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
1:6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
1:7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
1:8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
1:9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
1:10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;
1:11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
1:12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;
1:13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;
1:14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;
1:15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;
1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
1:17 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.
1:18 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.
1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
1:20 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.
1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
1:23 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.
1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

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Everything King James Bible:Matthew

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Matthew
Chapter: 1

The genealogy of Jesus. (1-17) An Angel appears to Joseph.

1-17 Concerning this genealogy of our Saviour, observe the
chief intention. It is not a needless genealogy. It is not a
vain-glorious one, as those of great men often are. It proves
that our Lord Jesus is of the nation and family out of which the
Messiah was to arise. The promise of the blessing was made to
Abraham and his seed; of the dominion, to David and his seed. It
was promised to Abraham that Christ should descend from him, Ge
12:3; 22:18; and to David that he should descend from him, 2Sa
7:12; Ps 89:3, &c.; 132:11; and, therefore, unless Jesus is a
son of David, and a son of Abraham, he is not the Messiah. Now
this is here proved from Well-known records. When the Son of God
was pleased to take our nature, he came near to us, in our
fallen, wretched condition; but he was perfectly free from Sin:
and while we read the names in his genealogy, we should not
forget how low the Lord of Glory stooped to save the human race.

18-25 Let us look to the circumstances under which the Son of
God entered into this lower world, till we learn to despise the
vain honours of this world, when compared with Piety and
Holiness. The Mystery of Christ's becoming Man is to be adored,
not curiously inquired into. It was So ordered that Christ
should partake of our nature, yet that he should be pure from
the defilement of original Sin, which has been communicated to
all the race of Adam. Observe, it is the thoughtful, not the
unthinking, whom God will guide. God's time to come with
instruction to his people, is when they are at a loss. Divine
comforts most delight the soul when under the pressure of
perplexed thoughts. Joseph is told that Mary should bring forth
the Saviour of the world. He was to Call his name Jesus, a
Saviour. Jesus is the same name with Joshua. And the reason of
that name is clear, for those whom Christ saves, he saves from
their sins; from the guilt of Sin By the merit of his Death, and
from the power of Sin By the Spirit of his Grace. In saving them
from Sin, he saves them from wrath and the Curse, and all
misery, here and hereafter. Christ came to save his people, not
in their sins, but from their sins; and So to redeem them from
among men, to himself, who is separate from sinners. Joseph did
as the Angel of the Lord had bidden him, speedily, without
delay, and cheerfully, without dispute. By applying the general
rules of the written Word, we should in all the steps of our
lives, particularly the great turns of them, take direction from
God, and we shall find this safe and comfortable.

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