Matthew 1:20

“But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But while hee thought on these things, behold, the Angel of the Lord appeared vnto him in a dreame, saying, Ioseph thou sonne of Dauid, feare not to take vnto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceiued in her, is of the holy Ghost.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But when he was giving thought to these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, have no fear of taking Mary as your wife; because that which is in her body is of the Holy Spirit.
- Basic English Bible

but while he pondered on these things, behold, an angel of [the] Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, fear not to take to [thee] Mary, thy wife, for that which is begotten in her is of [the] Holy Spirit.
- Darby Bible

But while he thought on these things, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take to thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit.
- Webster's Bible

But while he was contemplating this step, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to bring home your wife Mary, for she is with child through the Holy Spirit.
- Weymouth Bible

But when he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to take to yourself Mary, your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
- World English Bible

But while he thouyte thes thingis, lo! the aungel of the Lord apperide `in sleep to hym, and seide, Joseph, the sone of Dauid, nyle thou drede to take Marie, thi wijf; for that thing that is borun in hir is of the Hooli Goost.
- Wycliffe Bible

And on his thinking of these things, lo, a messenger of the Lord in a dream appeared to him, saying, `Joseph, son of David, thou mayest not fear to receive Mary thy wife, for that which in her was begotten [is] of the Holy Spirit,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 1:20


Mt 1:20 While he thought. Reflected, still in doubt, perplexed. The angel. Gabriel appeared to Mary (Lu 1:26); the name of the angel is not here given. Angels are messengers; an angel of the Lord is the Lord's messenger. These messengers are usually superhuman, but not always. In a dream. Often messages were conveyed by impressions made in sleep. Three times revelations were thus made to Joseph. Thou son of David. It was fitting that he should now be reminded that he belonged to the family from whence the Messiah was to come. Fear not. His betrothed was pure.

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)
  • 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!
  • A disciple
    Jeffrey; If you read the beginning of the Book of the Proverbs, you'll see the answer to your question. The Word of God and His Holy Spirit of Truth given into our hearts is for training us up in the way which we should go. God gave us His commandments with the expectation of the ability which He created in us to DO THEM! Infants and children don't stay that way in their minds when they grow up.

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