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An Introduction to Jesus the Messiah
The Ancestry of Jesus
2Abraham fathered Isaac, Isaac fathered Jacob, and Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers. 3Judah fathered Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez fathered Hezron, Hezron fathered Aram, 4Aram fathered Amminadab, Amminadab fathered Nahshon, and Nahshon fathered Salmon. 5Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab, Boaz fathered Obed by Ruth, Obed fathered Jesse, 6and Jesse fathered King David.
David fathered Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7Solomon fathered Rehoboam, Rehoboam fathered Abijah, Abijah fathered Asaph,c 8Asaphd fathered Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat fathered Joram, Joram fathered Uzziah, 9Uzziah fathered Jotham, Jotham fathered Ahaz, Ahaz fathered Hezekiah, 10Hezekiah fathered Manasseh, Manasseh fathered Amos,e and Amosf fathered Josiah. 11Josiah fathered Jechoniahg and his brothers at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
12After the deportation to Babylon, Jechoniahh fathered Salathiel,i Salathiel fathered Zerubbabel, 13Zerubbabel fathered Abiud, Abiud fathered Eliakim, Eliakim fathered Azor, 14Azor fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Achim, Achim fathered Eliud, 15Eliud fathered Eleazar, Eleazar fathered Matthan, and Matthan fathered Jacob. 16Jacob fathered Joseph, the husband of Mary, who was the mother of Jesus,j who is called the Messiah.k
17So all the generations from Abraham to David totaled fourteenl generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon totaled fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiahm there were fourteen generations.
The Birth of Jesus
18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiahn happened in this way. When his mother Mary was engagedo to Joseph, before they lived together she was discovered to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to disgrace her, decided to divorce her secretly.
20After he had thought about it, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” he said, “don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus,p because he is the one who will save his people from their sins.”
22Now all this happened to fulfill what was declared by the Lord through the prophet when he said,
23“See, a virgin will become pregnant
and give birth to a son,
and they will name him Immanuel,”q
which means, “God with us.” 24When Joseph got up from his sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary asr his wife. 25He did not have marital relations withs her until she had given birth to a son;t and he named him Jesus.
a 1:1 The Gk. lacks This is
b 1:1 Or birth
c 1:7 Other mss. read Asa; cf. 1Chr 3:10
d 1:8 Other mss. read Asa; cf. 1Chr 3:10
e 1:10 Other mss. read Amon; cf. 1Chr 3:13
f 1:10 Other mss. read Amon; cf. 1Chr 3:13
g 1:11 Or Jeconiah; cf. Jer 22:28-30
h 1:12 Or Jeconiah; cf. Jer 22:28-30
i 1:12 Or Shealtiel; cf. 1Chr 3:17; Ezra 3:2,8; 5:2; Neh 12:1; Luke 3:27
j 1:16 Lit. of whom Jesus was born
k 1:16 Or Christ
l 1:17 i.e. the numerical value of the Heb. name David
m 1:17 Or Christ
n 1:18 Or Christ
o 1:18 Engagement involved a legally binding promise of marriage.
p 1:21 The name Jesus means The Lord saves
q 1:23 Cf. Isa 7:14, citing a statement by the LORD
r 1:24 The Gk. lacks Mary as
s 1:25 Lit. not know
t 1:25 Other mss. read to her firstborn son