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The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

(Chapter 1, verses 1-17)

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       (1) The following is a book of the history of Jesus Christ, who was a descendant of David, whose forefather, in turn, was Abraham: (2) Abraham fathered Isaac; Isaac fathered Jacob; Jacob fathered Judah and his brothers; (3) Judah, [under peculiar circumstances] fathered both Perez and Zerah by the would-be harlot, Tamar, his daughter-in-law; Perez fathered Hezron; Hezron fathered Ram; (4) Ram fathered Amminadab; Amminadab fathered Nahshon; Nahshon fathered Salmon; (5) Salmon fathered Boaz by Rahab the prosperous prostitute; Boaz fathered Obed by the saintly Ruth; Obed fathered Jesse; (6) Jesse fathered David [who became] king. David fathered Solomon through an adulterous relationship with the wife of his faithful soldier, Uriah; (7) Solomon fathered Rehoboam; Rehoboam fathered Abijah; Abijah fathered Asa; (8) Asa fathered Jehoshaphat; Jehoshaphat  fathered Jehoram; Jehoram fathered Uzziah; (9) Uzziah fathered Jotham; Jotham fathered Ahaz; Ahaz fathered Hezekiah; (10) Hezekiah fathered Manasseh; Manasseh fathered Amon; Amon fathered Josiah; (11) Josiah fathered Jeconiah and his brothers when the Israelites were forcibly deported to Babylon. (12) After the deportation Jeconiah fathered Shealtiel; Shealtiel fathered Zerubbabel; (13) Zerubbabel fathered Abiud; Abiud fathered Eliakim; Eliakim fathered Azor; (14) Azor fathered Zadok; Zadok fathered Achim; Achim fathered Eliud; (15) Eliud fathered Eleazar; Eleazar fathered Matthan; Matthan fathered Jacob; (16) Jacob fathered Joseph who was intent on becoming the husband of Mary, who eventually gave birth to Jesus, otherwise known as Christ. (17) There were fourteen generations from Abraham until David; fourteen generations from David until the Babylonian deportation; and fourteen generations from the deportation to the Christ.

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The Birth of Jesus Christ

(Chapter 1, verses 18-25)

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       (18) These are the unusual events surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. While his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, the unthinkable happened: she got pregnant; no, not by Joseph, nor by any other man for that matter. It was holy spirit that impregnated her. This was before she and Joseph ever married. (19) However, Joseph, who was already considered to be her husband, decided to divorce her (or, technically break off the engagement) secretly so as not to humiliate her in public. He was a good man and didn't want any harm or embarrassment to befall Mary. (20) After he contemplated these matters, something very strange happened. Yehowah's angel paid him a visit by way of a dream, saying: "Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to escort Mary home as your wife. It's true, holy spirit has indeed impregnated her.  (21) She's going to give birth to a son whose name must be Jesus, for he'll save sinners from their sins." (22) All this actually came about so that the Scripture that Yehowah said to his prophet would be fulfilled. It reads: (23) "Notice! The virgin will become pregnant and have a baby boy, and they'll name him Immanuel," which translates to, "God Is With Us." (24) Then Joseph woke up and did precisely what the angel of Yehowah had instructed, and he escorted his wife home. (25) But he didn't have sex with her until the boy was born. When the child was born, Joseph dutifully called him Jesus.

 

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