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

  • Pst. Taiwp Ojeme
    No mater what people say or think. Its irrelevant now. Jesus has saved and cleansed me and millions from sin and eternal death.for which we are eternally grateful
  • Patty
    This scripture reveals the truth that Jesus is indeed God. Mathew 1:23, contrary to what Jehovah Witness people thinks that Jesus is not God. Here is the true people read the regular bible, not the New World. Even Jewish people who are converting themselves to Jesus and that know the original Greek and Hebrew languages, are saying that Jehovah Witnesses are wrong on this belief. Jesus is Lord.
  • Brian
    Spoke words wisdom to every believer
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Insight 777;Matthew 1:16;you wrote",this proves Jesus was NOT of the bloodline of David"Luke 18:38"And he cried saying, Jesus,thou Son of David, have mercy on me."Matthew1:1 "The book of the generation of Jesus the son of David, the Son of Abraham."Romans 1:3,2Timoth2:8,Matthew 20:30, etc. You say he is NOT Son of David; God says he is. I believe God not you.
  • Insight 777
    Verse 16 proves that Jesus is NOT of the bloodline of David. He is only associated with David by Hebrew law of marriage. Jesus is the Son of God as he declared to the blind man he cured.
    It is interesting Joseph did not name Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us. Matt. 22:43-45 The word God is not used but Lord instead. Lord is the ruler of an earthly kingdom that kills enemies. Jesus taught DO NOT KILL.
  • Annette
    I believe Jesus is a descendant of David because of his conception and also the house of Joseph both would apply.

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