Matthew 1:1
New International Version
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

New Living Translation
This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of Abraham:

English Standard Version
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Berean Study Bible
This is the record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Berean Literal Bible
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham:

King James Bible
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

New King James Version
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:

New American Standard Bible
The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

NASB 1995
The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

NASB 1977
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Amplified Bible
The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son (descendant) of David, the son (descendant) of Abraham:

Christian Standard Bible
An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The historical record of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:

American Standard Version
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The book of the genealogy of Yeshua The Messiah, The Son of David, The Son of Abraham.

Contemporary English Version
Jesus Christ came from the family of King David and also from the family of Abraham. And this is a list of his ancestors.

Douay-Rheims Bible
THE book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

English Revised Version
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Good News Translation
This is the list of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, a descendant of David, who was a descendant of Abraham.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the list of ancestors of Jesus Christ, descendant of David and Abraham.

International Standard Version
This is a record of the life of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Literal Standard Version
[The] scroll of the birth of Jesus Christ, Son of David, Son of Abraham.

NET Bible
This is the record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

New Heart English Bible
A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Weymouth New Testament
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

World English Bible
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Young's Literal Translation
A roll of the birth of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Genealogy of Jesus
1This is the record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham: 2Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.…

Cross References
Genesis 22:18
And through your offspring all nations of the earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."

2 Samuel 7:12
And when your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom.

Psalm 89:3
You said, "I have made a covenant with My chosen one, I have sworn to David My servant:

Psalm 132:11
The LORD swore an oath to David, a promise He will not revoke: "One of your descendants I will place on your throne.

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 11:1
Then a shoot will spring up from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch from his roots will bear fruit.

Matthew 1:2
Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.


Treasury of Scripture

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

generation.

Genesis 2:4
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

Genesis 5:1
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

Isaiah 53:8
He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

the son of David.

Matthew 9:27
And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.

Matthew 15:22
And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

Matthew 22:42-45
Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David…

the son of Abraham.

Genesis 12:3
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 22:18
And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Genesis 26:3-5
Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; …









(1) The book of the generation.--The opening words of the Gospel show that it is written by a Jew for Jewish readers. They are an essentially Hebrew formula (as in Genesis 5:1), and were applied chiefly though not exclusively (Genesis 37:2) to genealogies such as that which follows here.

Jesus Christ.--The collocation of names was not so much a thing of course when St. Matthew wrote as it now seems to us. There were many who bore the name of Jesus--e.g., Jesus the son or Sirach, Jesus surnamed Justus (Colossians 4:11), possibly even Jesus Bar-abbas (Matthew 27:17). It was necessary to state that the genealogy that followed was that of Jesus the Messiah, the true "anointed" of the Lord.

The son of David.--This, of course, was added as the most popular of all the names of the expected Christ, owned alike by scribes and Rabbis (Matthew 22:42), by children (Matthew 21:9), and by the poor (Matthew 15:22; Matthew 20:30). . . .

Verse 1. - The book of the generation. As St. Matthew was writing only for Jews, and they, by reason of their Old Testament prophecies, looked for the Messiah to be born of a certain family, he begins his Gospel with a pedigree of Jesus. In this he mentions, by way of introduction, the two points to which his countrymen would have special regard - the descent of Jesus from David, the founder of the royal line, him in whose descendants the Ruler of Israel must necessarily (2 Samuel 7:13-16) be looked for; and also from Abraham, who was the head of the covenant nation, and to whom the promise had been given that in his seed all the nations of the earth should bless themselves (Genesis 22:18; Genesis 12:3). After this he proceeds to fill up the intervening steps in the genealogy. The spelling of the names in the Authorized Version accords with the Greek, and so varies from the Old Testament orthography; but for the sake of the English reader it is certainly advisable to do what has been done in the Revised Version, viz. to conform the spelling to that of the Old Testament, and, where the Greek varies much, to put that form in the margin. It is better to write Rahab than Raehab, and Shealtiel than Salathiel. Those who read the Greek Gospels when these were first written read also the Old Testament in Greek, and so were in no confusion. The first verse of the Gospel is doubtless intended as a preface to what is contained in vers. 2-17. It is, indeed, true that the phrase, "the book of the generation" (βίβλος γενέσεως, equivalent to sepher toledoth, Genesis 5.1), might in itself point rather to events and works connected with the active life of him whose name it precedes (cf. the use of toledoth in Genesis 5:1; Genesis 6:9; Genesis 10:1; even Genesis 2:4, et al.) , and thus might refer to the whole of ch. 1. (Kubel), or even the whole of the First Gospel (Keil); yet the addition of the Son of David, the Son of Abraham, by summarizing the genealogy, limits the reference of ver. 1 to this alone. Observe

(1) that the same word (γένεσις) recurs in ver. 18; but being without βίβλος, has a slightly different meaning;

(2) that the word translated" generation" in ver. 17 is γενέα, and means a single stratum of human life. The evangelist uses the name Jesus Christ here as a proper name, customary in later Christian circles (cf. John 1:17, and especially the traces of development from 1 Corinthians 12:3 and Romans 10:9 to Philippians 2:11). "Christ" is not used in its signification of "Messiah," or "Anointed," till ver. 17, where it would be better rendered "the Christ."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[This is the] record
Βίβλος (Biblos)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 976: Properly, the inner bark of the papyrus plant, i.e. a sheet or scroll of writing.

of [the] genealogy
γενέσεως (geneseōs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 1078: Birth, lineage, descent. From the same as genea; nativity; figuratively, nature.

of Jesus
Ἰησοῦ (Iēsou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.

Christ,
Χριστοῦ (Christou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

[the] son
υἱοῦ (huiou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 5207: A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a 'son', used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.

of David,
Δαυὶδ (Dauid)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 1138: David, King of Israel. Of Hebrew origin; Dabid, the Israelite king.

[the] son
υἱοῦ (huiou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 5207: A son, descendent. Apparently a primary word; a 'son', used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship.

of Abraham:
Ἀβραάμ (Abraam)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 11: Abraham, progenitor of the Hebrew race. Of Hebrew origin; Abraham, the Hebrew patriarch.


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