Matthew 1:1

“The booke of the generation of Iesus Christ, the sonne of Dauid, the sonne of Abraham.”

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Other Translations

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

The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The book of the generations of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
- Basic English Bible

Book of the generation of Jesus Christ, Son of David, Son of Abraham.
- Darby Bible

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
- Webster's Bible

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
- Weymouth Bible

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

The book of the generacioun of Jhesu Crist, the sone of Dauid, the sone of Abraham.
- Wycliffe Bible

A roll of the birth of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 1:1


1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ - That is, strictly speaking, the account of his birth and genealogy. This title therefore properly relates to the verses that immediately follow: but as it sometimes signifies the history of a person, in that sense it may belong to the whole book. If there were any difficulties in this genealogy, or that given by St. Luke, which could not easily be removed, they would rather affect the Jewish tables, than the credit of the evangelists: for they act only as historians setting down these genealogies, as they stood in those public and allowed records. Therefore they were to take them as they found them. Nor was it needful they should correct the mistakes, if there were any. For these accounts sufficiently answer the end for which they are recited. They unquestionably prove the grand point in view, that Jesus was of the family from which the promised seed was to come. And they had more weight with the Jews for this purpose, than if alterations had been made by inspiration itself. For such alterations would have occasioned endless disputes between them and the disciples of our Lord. The son of David, the son of Abraham - He is so called, because to these he was more peculiarly promised; and of these it was often foretold the Messiah should spring. #Luke 3:31|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 1:1


Mt 1:1 The Genealogy and Birth of Christ SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 1. The Genealogy of Jesus Christ. Three Series of Fourteen Generations. The Betrothal of Mary and Joseph. The Immaculate Conception. The Purpose of Joseph. The Lord's Message in a Dream. The Name Jesus. The Prophecy of the Virgin. Immanuel. The Birth of Jesus. The book of the generation. Literally, "the book of birth", or genealogy. This title applies, not to the whole Gospel, but to the table of descent in the first seventeen verses. The title was possibly copied from some Hebrew document compiled from the genealogical tables. Jesus Christ. Jesus, the personal name, which means "Savior"; Christ, the official title, which means "Anointed". He is our Anointed Prophet, Priest, and King. The son of David. The descendant. The prophets had declared that the Messiah should be of David's seed. The son of Abraham. The Lord had promised Abraham (Ge 12:3 Ge 22:18) that in his seed all the world should be blessed. David and Abraham were the two greatest ancestors of Jesus, and are named because it had been predicted that he would be their descendant.

Discussion for Matthew 1

  • Rosemary Nmeregini
    Jesus is a Divine Gift from God to mankind, so believers of the gospel of Christ should cherish this divine gift and surrender all to Him and serve Him in Truth and in Spirit, for the coming of the King of Glory is at hand thanks.
  • Omologe John
    Joseph was privileged to name Jesus. Likewise, God has committed some things into our hands which only we are appointed to do. We must not fail Him. This is why we need a conversational relationship with Him so that He can guide us through our Devine destinies. Joseph heard from Him through dreams, but we can go a step further to hear Him while we are awake. Open my eyes oh Lord by your mercies
  • LaCarlsha
    Just knowing that God had so much Faith, Trust and Obedience to his not only Mary ,but to the Angels we should have that outlook on his words and walk in favor of him. This is the beginning for me and I'm ready to walk in favor of God and be a servant to him because I know he has GREAT things for ME!! PLEASE KEEP ME UPLIFTED IN YOUR PRAYERS
  • Solomon
    This book is a living history that deep into the geneology of Jesus Christ
  • Geraldine Cole
    Maria u are right it was a privilege for Mary to carry Jesus Father God use her for that special reason . As the father God used Mary Jesus wants to use us today as his witness he want to use us in many ways all I can say here am I Jesus use me
  • A disciple
    Kurt; There were many things that happened both around the birth of John the Baptist, and the Lord Jesus Christ; as we read in the Books of Matthew and Luke; that make it clear many people were hearing about these things which were announced by angels and shepherds and all the friends and relatives of Zechariah and Elisabeth, Herod and all the scribes and priests and the Persian Astrologers, Anna!

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