Matthew 1

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

2 Abraham begat1 Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brothers;

3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara from 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 from Rachab; and Booz begat Obed from Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;

6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon from 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 Josiah begat Jeconiah and his brothers, about the time they were carried away2 to Babylon.

12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begat Shealtiel; and Shealtiel 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, from whom Jesus was born, 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 like this: After his mother Mary was engaged 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 public example, was minded3 to let her go privately.

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

21 And she will bring forth4 a Son, and you will call his name Jesus: for He will 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 will be with child, and will bring forth a Son, and they will call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden5 him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not until she had brought forth her firstborn Son: and he called his name Jesus.


1. Begat - became father of

2. Carried away - deported, migrated forcefully

3. Minded - thinking, pondering

4. Bring forth - give birth to

5. Bidden - instructed, commanded