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

  • JP
    Much prefer reading the KJV Holy Bible to other Modern versions!
  • Bob davis
    I had just written a question as to the background of Matthew and then proceeded to the Commentary which says that his last name is Levi, and that he converted. I am curious about this because the old testament writers all carried some kind of Godly credentials. What did Matthew convert from, and what did he convert to? The commentary says it is written primarily to the Jews. (See next comment)
  • Lucy
    We must trust in our Lord in saviour, in the beginning there were two tree in the bible, the tree of life and the tree of good and evil, so I ask why did satin choose the tree of good and evil rather than the tree of life, because be knew how weak man really is, but we must show him that he is wrong, first trust and believe that there is God, and his son whose name is Christ.
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    The mystery of inquitity which is the world we live in can only be understood by the kjv Bible believer. The holy ghost is a discerner which gives you understanding of why the world is so depraved and wicked. The lost don't get this because their not SUPPOST TO ITS A MYSTERY TO THEM!
  • A disciple
    Hi Jeffrey; It helps to think of our heavenly Father like a grown up who is kind and forgiving of a child for thinking like a child till it learns and grows up. We have to grow up physically, spiritually, mentally, morally, and emotionally, etc.! We have a lot to be sanctified! Its gonna take a lot of thought and commitment and perseverance, to finish our course as victorious and overcomers!
  • A disciple
    Dear Jeffrey; We DON'T take our new course in life in Christ following the world! "Blessed is the man who WALKS NOT in the counsel of the ungodly, NOR STANDS in the way of sinners, NOR SITS in the seat of the scornful; BUT HIS DELIGHT IS IN THE LAW OF THE LORD, AND IN HIS LAW DOES HE MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT." We have to think in order to repent; so who doesn't want us to be able to think? Satan!

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