Matthew 1:21
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New International Version
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

New Living Translation
And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."

English Standard Version
She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

New American Standard Bible
"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins."

International Standard Version
She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he is the one who will save his people from their sins."

NET Bible
She will give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And she shall bring forth a Son, and she shall call his name Yeshua, for he shall save his people from their sins.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus [He Saves], because he will save his people from their sins."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.

King James 2000 Bible
And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

American King James Version
And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

American Standard Version
And she shall bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for it is he that shall save his people from their sins.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name JESUS. For he shall save his people from their sins.

Darby Bible Translation
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for *he* shall save his people from their sins.

English Revised Version
And she shall bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for it is he that shall save his people from their sins.

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

Weymouth New Testament
She will give birth to a Son, and you are to call His name JESUS for He it is who will save His People from their sins."

World English Bible
She shall bring forth a son. You shall call his name Jesus, for it is he who shall save his people from their sins."

Young's Literal Translation
and she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:18-25 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - The first half is almost verbally identical with the promise to Mary in Luke 1:31. It is, perhaps, hypercritical to see anything more than a coincidence when such common terms are used, but it was not unnatural that the communications of the angels to both Mary and Joseph should be purposely clothed in language similar to that used of Sarah (Genesis 17:19), and in measure to that used of Hannah (1 Samuel 1:20; cf. Gretillat, 'Theologie Systematique,' p. 225; 1890). And she shall bring forth. Is the slight adversative force (δέ) to be seen in the contrast of the physical birth to the spiritual origin? A Son. In this, at least, thou shalt be able to test the accuracy of my statement. And thou shalt call. Taking the position of his father; the child being thus recognized by all as of David's line (cf. Kubel). In Luke Mary is told to give the name, but presumably the formal naming would be by Joseph. His name JESUS (cf. Ecclus. 46:1, "Jesus the son of Nave... who, according to his name, was made great for the saving of the elect of God"). For he shall save; for it is he that shall save (Revised Version), equivalent to "He, and no other, is the expected Saviour." (For αὐτός in this sense of excluding others, cf. especially Colossians 1:16-20.) It may, however, here not be exclusive, but only intensive - he being what he is. The connexion will then be - the name Jesus will answer to the fact, for he himself, in his own Person (1 John 2:2), by virtue of what he is (John 2:24, 25), shall save, etc. Jesus, equivalent to Jeshua (ver. 16, note); he shall save, equivalent to Joshi a. His people. Israel after the flesh (cf. John 1:11; Luke 2:10; contrast John 1:29; John 4:42), for whom deliverance from sins must be the first step to restoration to rightful position, and yet the last stage of result from acceptance of Christ. Comparative salvation from sin, due to acceptance of Christ, must precede that restoration which Joseph then desired, and all true Jews still ardently pray for; full salvation from sin will be the final issue of that restoration. From their sins. With a greater salvation, therefore, than that which Manoah's wife was told that her son should begin to accomplish (Judges 13:5). Observe that this promise of Christ as Saviour is given to Joseph, who had deeper experience of sin (ver. 20, note), while to Mary, who is marked by promptness of personal devotion, is given the promise of Christ as King (Luke 1:32, 33). Sate... from( σώσει... ἀπό) , not merely "out of" (ἐκ, John 12:27), but from all attacks of sin considered as coming born without (but see Matthew 6:13, note).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And she shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Jesus. For though she was with child, it could not be known any otherwise than by prediction or divine revelation, that she should have a son, whose name should be called Jesus; a name of the same signification with Joshua and Hosea, and may be interpreted a "Saviour", Acts 13:23 for the word Jesus, comes from which signifies "to save." And to this agrees the reason of the name given by the Angel,

for he shall save his people from their sins. The salvation here ascribed to him, and for which he is every way fit, being God as well as man, and which he is the sole author of, is to be understood, not of a temporal, but of a spiritual and everlasting salvation; such as was prophesied of, Isaiah 45:17 and which old Jacob had in his view, when he said, "I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord", Genesis 49:18 which by the Jewish (f) Targumist is paraphrased thus:

"Jacob said when he saw Gideon the son of Joash, and Samson the son of Manoah, that they would rise up to be saviours, not for the salvation of Gideon do I wait, nor for the salvation of Samson do I look, for their salvation is "a temporary salvation"; but for thy salvation, O Lord, do I wait and look, for thy salvation is "an everlasting salvation", or (according to another copy) but for the salvation of Messiah the son of David, who shall save the children of Israel, and bring them out of captivity, for thy salvation my soul waiteth.''

By "his people" whom he is said to save are meant, not all mankind, though they are his by creation and preservation, yet they are not, nor will they be all saved by him spiritually and eternally; nor also the people of the Jews, for though they were his nation, his kinsmen, and so his own people according to the flesh, yet they were not all saved by him; many of them died in their sins, and in the disbelief of him as the Messiah: but by them are meant all the elect of God, whether Jews or Gentiles, who were given to him by his Father, as a peculiar people, and who are made willing in the day of his power upon them, to be saved by him in his own way. And these he saves from "their sins", from all their sins, original and actual; from secret and open sins; from sins of heart, lip and life; from sins of omission and commission; from all that is in sin, and omission upon it; from the guilt, punishment, and damning power of it, by his sufferings and death; and from the tyrannical government of it by his Spirit and grace; and will at last save them from the being of it, though not in this life, yet hereafter, in the other world, when they shall be without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing.

(f) Targum Jon. Ben Uzziel in loc.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. And she shall bring forth a son—Observe, it is not said, "she shall bear thee a son," as was said to Zacharias of his wife Elizabeth (Lu 1:13).

and thou—as his legal father.

shalt call his name JESUS—from the Hebrew meaning "Jehovah the Saviour"; in Greek Jesus—to the awakened and anxious sinner sweetest and most fragrant of all names, expressing so melodiously and briefly His whole saving office and work!

for he shall save—The "He" is here emphatic—He it is that shall save; He personally, and by personal acts (as Webster and Wilkinson express it).

his people—the lost sheep of the house of Israel, in the first instance; for they were the only people He then had. But, on the breaking down of the middle wall of partition, the saved people embraced the "redeemed unto God by His blood out of every kindred and people and tongue and nation."

from their sins—in the most comprehensive sense of salvation from sin (Re 1:5; Eph 5:25-27).

Matthew 1:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Birth of Jesus
20But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." 22Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:…
Cross References
1 Samuel 1:20
So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, "Because I asked the LORD for him."

Jeremiah 23:6
In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior.

Matthew 1:25
But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Luke 1:31
You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

Luke 2:11
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Luke 2:21
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

John 1:29
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

John 4:42
They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."

Acts 4:12
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."

Acts 5:31
God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.

Acts 13:23
"From this man's descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised.

Acts 13:38
"Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.

Colossians 1:20
and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Treasury of Scripture

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

she.

Genesis 17:19,21 And God said, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed; and you …

Genesis 18:10 And he said, I will certainly return to you according to the time …

Judges 13:3 And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman, and said to her, …

2 Kings 4:16,17 And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, you …

Luke 1:13,35,36 But the angel said to him, Fear not, Zacharias: for your prayer is …

thou.

Luke 1:31 And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, …

Luke 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the …

JESUS. that is, Saviour. Heb. for.

Psalm 130:7,8 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and …

Isaiah 12:1,2 And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though …

Isaiah 45:21,22 Tell you, and bring them near; yes, let them take counsel together: …

Jeremiah 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: …

Jeremiah 33:16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: …

Ezekiel 36:25-29 Then will I sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: …

Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

John 1:29 The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the …

Acts 3:26 To you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless …

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other …

Acts 5:31 Him has God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, …

Acts 13:23,38,39 Of this man's seed has God according to his promise raised to Israel …

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, …

Colossians 1:20-23 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

Hebrews 7:25 Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God …

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship …

1 John 2:1,2 My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. …

1 John 3:5 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Revelation 1:5,6 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

Revelation 7:14 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they …

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