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1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;

3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;

4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;

5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;

7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;

8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;

11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:

12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;

13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;

14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;

15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

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.

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.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

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.

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Commentary for Matthew 1

Matthew, surnamed Levi, before his conversion was a publican, or tax-gatherer under the Romans at Capernaum. He is generally allowed to have written his Gospel before any other of the evangelists. The contents of this Gospel, and the evidence of ancient writers, show that it was written primarily for the use of the Jewish nation. The fulfilment of prophecy was regarded by the Jews as strong evidence, therefore this is especially dwelt upon by St. Matthew. Here are particularly selected such parts of our Saviour's history and discourses as were best suited to awaken the Jewish nation to a sense of their sins; to remove their erroneous expectations of an earthly kingdom; to abate their pride and self-conceit; to teach them the spiritual nature and extent of the gospel; and to prepare them for the admission of the Gentiles into the church.The genealogy of Jesus. (1-17) An angel appears to Joseph. (18-25)1-17 Concerning this genealogy of our Saviour, observe the chief intention. It is not a needless genealogy. It is not a vain-glorious one, as those of great men often are. It proves that our Lord Jesus is of the nation and family out of which the Messiah was to arise. The promise of the blessing was made to Abraham and his seed; of the dominion, to David and his seed. It was promised to Abraham that Christ should descend from him, #Ge 12:3; 22:18|; and to David that he should descend from him, #2Sa 7:12; Ps 89:3, &c.; 132:11|; and, therefore, unless Jesus is a son of David, and a son of Abraham, he is not the Messiah. Now this is here proved from well-known records. When the Son of God was pleased to take our nature, he came near to us, in our fallen, wretched condition; but he was perfectly free from sin: and while we read the names in his genealogy, we should not forget how low the Lord of glory stooped to save the human race.

18-25 Let us look to the circumstances under which the Son of God entered into this lower world, till we learn to despise the vain honours of this world, when compared with piety and holiness. The mystery of Christ's becoming man is to be adored, not curiously inquired into. It was so ordered that Christ should partake of our nature, yet that he should be pure from the defilement of original sin, which has been communicated to all the race of Adam. Observe, it is the thoughtful, not the unthinking, whom God will guide. God's time to come with instruction to his people, is when they are at a loss. Divine comforts most delight the soul when under the pressure of perplexed thoughts. Joseph is told that Mary should bring forth the Saviour of the world. He was to call his name Jesus, a Saviour. Jesus is the same name with Joshua. And the reason of that name is clear, for those whom Christ saves, he saves from their sins; from the guilt of sin by the merit of his death, and from the power of sin by the Spirit of his grace. In saving them from sin, he saves them from wrath and the curse, and all misery, here and hereafter. Christ came to save his people, not in their sins, but from their sins; and so to redeem them from among men, to himself, who is separate from sinners. Joseph did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, speedily, without delay, and cheerfully, without dispute. By applying the general rules of the written word, we should in all the steps of our lives, particularly the great turns of them, take direction from God, and we shall find this safe and comfortable.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Matthew 1

  • 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.
  • Donna cromb
    Matthew gives Christ's genealogy to prove He is of David's line and from Abraham. Later in Luke it has different names due to spelling in Greek and goes to Adam. This is not considered a lie! Jesus is of David's line because Joseph is a son of David, called so by God's angel. He is of David's line through Joseph just as God promised David, that his line would be King forever. Thank you God.
  • Elouise Mccoy
    I love the 1 st chapter of Matthew
  • Irene123
    Matt. 1:21, " ... Call his name *JESUS ... "; footnote below verse, " *"Savior, Hebrew"; Isa. 43:11; 45:15, v. 21. GOD, the spirit, was manifested in the flesh - Jesus. The same way our flesh body is inhabited by His spirit when we follow Acts2:38. And He gives us all the power to lay hands on people, pray for them and according to their faith, they are healed. It may be instant or slowly.
  • Irene123
    Matt. thru John is Jesus' (our teacher) preparing the way for His Apostles understanding and further work and so also for us. Everything that is taught from the Bible is based on the O.T. Grace isn't new; the faith Abraham had and Noah, etc. is based on God's grace. We have faith first, then we follow Acts 2:38 by faith, then His Grace takes over and leads us in His will.
  • Irene123
    To anyone that believes that Jesus was the Son of God but NOT the Son of David - need to read Matt. 1:17 ( and it wouldn't hurt to read all the foregoing ones!!).
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 7:21 NOT EVERY ONE THAT SAITH UNTO ME LORD LORD SHALL ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN HEBREWS 10:36 FOR YOU HAVE NEED OF PATIENCE THAT AFTER YOU HAVE DONE THE WILL OF GOD YOU MIGHT RECEIVE THE PROMISE 10:39 BUT WE ARE NOT OF THEM WHO DRAW BACK UNTO PERDITION BUT OF THEM THAT BELIEVE TO THE SAVING OF THE SOUL

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