Matthew 1:17

“So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

So all the generations from Abraham to Dauid, are fourteene generations: and from Dauid vntill the carying away into Babylon, are foureteene generations: and from the carying away into Babylon vnto Christ, are fourteene generations.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So all the generations from Abraham unto David are fourteen generations; and from David unto the carrying away to Babylon fourteen generations; and from the carrying away to Babylon unto the Christ fourteen generations.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the taking away to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the taking away to Babylon to the coming of Christ, fourteen generations.
- Basic English Bible

All the generations, therefore, from Abraham to David [were] fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away of Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the carrying away of Babylon unto the Christ, fourteen generations.
- Darby Bible

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations.
- Webster's Bible

There are therefore, in all, fourteen generations from Abraham to David; fourteen from David to the Removal to Babylon; and fourteen from the Removal to Babylon to the Christ.
- Weymouth Bible

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the exile to Babylon fourteen generations; and from the carrying away to Babylon to the Christ, fourteen generations.
- World English Bible

And so alle generaciouns fro Abraham to Dauid ben fourtene generacions, and fro Dauid to the transmygracioun of Babiloyne ben fourtene generaciouns, and fro the transmygracioun of Babiloyne to Crist ben fourtene generaciouns.
- Wycliffe Bible

All the generations, therefore, from Abraham unto David [are] fourteen generations, and from David unto the Babylonian removal fourteen generations, and from the Babylonian removal unto the Christ, fourteen generations.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 1:17


1:17 So all the generations - Observe, in order to complete the three fourteens, David ends the first fourteen, and begins the second (which reaches to the captivity) and Jesus ends the third fourteen. When we survey such a series of generations, it is a natural and obvious reflection, how like the leaves of a tree one passeth away, and another cometh! Yet the earth still abideth. And with it the goodness of the Lord which runs from generation to generation, the common hope of parents and children. Of those who formerly lived upon earth, and perhaps made the most conspicuous figure, how many are there whose names are perished with them? How many, of whom only the names are remaining? Thus are we likewise passing away! And thus shall we shortly be forgotten! Happy are we, if, while we are forgotten by men, we are remembered by God! If our names, lost on earth, are at length found written in the book of life!


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 1:17


Mt 1:17 Fourteen generations. There are exactly fourteen generations from Abraham to David, and two other series made to correspond. From David to, etc. David's name is counted again to make the number fourteen. The third series begins with Jeconiah and ends with Christ.

Discussion for Matthew 1:17

  • Diana Williams for verse 17
    Matt 1 16 should probably read and Jacob the father of Joseph, the father of Mary, the mother of Yashua. Joseph is 12, Mary is 13 and Yashua is 14. This Joseph is Mary 's father not the husband whose name is also Joseph.
  • ROCKYGIAMMICHELE for verse 17
    Satanel evil one , is under an eternal judgment, not discerning a tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam sinned, though they were both reliant upon God to locate them in a garden. Adam though he sinned was placed on earth to till and to offer, he received his due portion, his satisfaction. The consequence of original sin is despair, distress, domination, agressive behavior one nature man against another as the son of Adam in Cain proved. Grace and peace to the people of God through Isseio, the Christ, this day and always , amen.
  • Rod Hughes for verse 17
    Only 13 generations up to Jesus and yes it makes no sense if the lineage is talking about Joseph unless Joseph was the name of Mary's father also and then you have 14 generations plus the blood line would include Mary.
  • The whole chain of descendents makes no sense since Joseph is not the father of Jesus. Either Matthew made a mistake or he wanted to say something more important.

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