Matthew 1:1

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

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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

  • Insight777
    The generation of Christ, the expected Messiah according to Jewish law right down to Joseph. Not the generation of Jesus. Mary says no blood of Joseph is in Jesus. No proof Marys parents were bloodline Jews. Jewish converts were accepted since the beginning of Jewish history, and the foreign wives of Jewish leaders - such as Samson and Solomon - were converts. Both parents could have been Gentiles
  • I AM
    O children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you. And the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me. For I have not spoken of myself; If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. Lo, does not even the blood itself testify that I am he? Now see and hear O children of Israel: I and my Father are one. Verily, verily, I say to you, He that believes on me has everlasting life.
  • Felicia
    To 23
    These verses might help you Luke 2:5 ".. being great with child; Matt. 2:1-2 ".. Jesus was born in Bethlehem.... there came wise men from the east to worship Him" All these are physical actions. On the other hand in Jh 3:3 Jesus told Nicodemus "...Expect a man be born again....." by that Jesus meant spiritual birth that is from above which we receive from the Holy Spirit when we believe in
  • 23
    Was jesus birth a natural birth or spiritual
  • Irene123
    Donna Crumb - " ..... the way God spoke to His people in the O.T. ..... "; this reads as if you realize the 4 Gospels are still O.T., ..... ? That the N.T. didn't begin until the book of Acts Ch. 2. This is as far as I will take this; I'm really not into this site anymore.
  • Donna cromb
    The fact that Joseph saw a vision when the angel said that Mary was conceived by the Holy Ghost is a common part of the way God spoke to His people in the Old Testament. God spoke to His prophets, see all the times in a search at the top of the page of where it says search key words for more information on this. God speaks to all Holy Spirit filled believers even today. Pray in the Spirit daily.

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