Matthew 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now the birth of Iesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Ioseph (before they came together) shee was found with childe of the holy Ghost.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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.
- Basic English Bible

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was thus: His mother, Mary, that is, having been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child of [the] Holy Spirit.
- Darby Bible

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this manner: When his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child by the Holy Spirit.
- Webster's Bible

The circumstances of the birth of Jesus Christ were these. After his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they were united in marriage, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.
- Weymouth Bible

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was like this; for after his mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph, before they came together, she was found pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
- World English Bible

But the generacioun of Crist was thus. Whanne Marie, the modir of Jhesu, was spousid to Joseph, bifore thei camen togidere, she was foundun hauynge of the Hooli Goost in the wombe.
- Wycliffe Bible

And of Jesus Christ, the birth was thus: For his mother Mary having been betrothed to Joseph, before their coming together she was found to have conceived from the Holy Spirit,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 1:18


Mt 1:18 The birth of Jesus Christ. The word rendered here "birth" is the same in Greek that is translated "genealogy" in Mt 1:1. Mary was espoused. Not married, but engaged. Betrothal was, from the times of the patriarchs, a formal ceremony, and was regarded a binding obligation. It generally lasted a whole year before marriage. After betrothal unfaithfulness was regarded adultery. Before they came together. Before marriage. She was found. The angel (Lu 1:26,27) predicted her conception, and when the prediction was verified she probably did not hesitate to reveal it. Her heart would be filled with joyous pride instead of shame. Holy Ghost. Correctly, Holy Spirit. The Divine power. Christ is the only example of such a birth in all history. His birth, like his life and his resurrection, is a miracle.

Discussion for Matthew 1

  • Dude
    This is a awesome story
  • Rev Autrey
    When verse 23 calls Jesus Immanuel, meaning God is with us, the writer was not writing in a vacuum. This is a reference to what Isaiah said about Jehovah God in Isa. 12:2 "Praise the Lord ... See, God has come to save me ... he is my salvation." This proves to all doubters that God and Jesus are one and the same. And it also proves that God fulfilled his promise to us to come the earth as a man.
  • Lacie
    Glory to GOD in the highest is what I shall sing forever because I was redeemed about six years ago I would say other praises but I don't know how to spell most of them. I am only in seventh grade but I love you DAD God .
  • Lacie B
    Jesus came to this world a beggar and left a king how awesome is that.
  • Lacie B.
    This is the most beautiful story in the world.
  • Nicolas Holmes
    It is was so great












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