1 Genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham: 2 Abraham had a son Isaac; and Isaac, Jacob; and Jacob, Judah and his brothers; 3 and Judah, Peres and Zerah by Tamar; and Peres, Hesron; and Hesron, Ram; 4 and Ram, Amminadab; and Amminadab, Nahshon; and Nahshon, Salmon; 5 and Salmon, Boaz by Rahab; and Boaz, Obed by Ruth; and Obed, Jesse; 6 and Jesse, king David; and David, Solomon by Uriah’s widow; 7 and Solomon, Rehoboam; and Rehoboam, Abijah; and Abijah, Asa; 8 and Asa, Jehoshaphat; and Jehoshaphat, Jehoram; and Jehoram, Uzziah; 9 and Uzziah, Jotham; and Jotham, Ahaz; and Ahaz, Hezekiah; 10 and Hezekiah, Manasseh; and Manasseh, Amon; and Amon, Josiah; 11 and Josiah, Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the removal to Babylon. 12 And after the removal to Babylon Jeconiah had a son Shealtiel; and Shealtiel, Zerubbabel; 13 and Zerubbabel, Abihud; and Abihud, Eliakim; and Eliakim, Azzur; 14 and Azzur, Sadok; and Sadok, Jachin; and Jachin, Elihud; 15 and Elihud, Eleazar; and Eleazar, Mattan; and Mattan, Jacob; 16 and Jacob, Joseph, the husband of Mary who had for her son Jesus, known as the Messiah. 17 So there are in all fourteen generations from Abraham down to David, and fourteen generations from David down to the removal to Babylon, and fourteen generations from the removal to Babylon down to the Messiah. 18 And the birth of Jesus Christ was thus: His mother Mary being engaged to Joseph, before they came together it was found that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being an honest man and unwilling to make a spectacle of her, wanted to divorce her privately. 20 But while he was thinking of this, lo, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take your wife Mary. For what has been generated in her is by the Holy Spirit; 21 and she shall bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 And all this has come to pass in order that what was said by the Lord through the prophet in the words 23 ‘Lo, the maiden shall be pregnant and bear a son, and they shall name him Immanuel’”—which means “God-is-with-us”—“should be fulfilled.” 24 And on waking from his sleep Joseph did as the angel of the Lord directed him, and took his wife 25 and did not know her until she bore a son, and named him Jesus.
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