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The Family History of Jesus
1 1This is the family history of Jesus Christ. He came from the family of David.*
David came from the family of Abraham.* 2Abraham* was the father of Isaac. Isaac
was the father of Jacob.Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers. 3Judah
was the father of Perez and Zerah. (Their mother was Tamar.) Perez was the father
of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram. 4Ram was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab
was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon. 5Salmon was the father
of Boaz. (Boaz' mother was Rahab.) Boaz was the father of Obed. (Obed's mother was
Ruth.) Obed was the father of Jesse. 6Jesse was the father of King David. David*
was the father of Solomon. (Solomon's mother had been Uriah's wife.)
7Solomon was the father of Rehoboam. Rehoboam was the father of Abijah. Abijah was
the father of Asa. 8Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat was the father
of Jehoram. Jehoram was the father of Uzziah. 9Uzziah was the father of Jotham.
Jotham was the father of Ahaz. Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah. 10Hezekiah was the
father of Manasseh. Manasseh was the father of Amon. Amon was the father of Josiah.
11Josiah was the grandfather of Jehoiachin* and his brothers. (This was during the
time that the [Jewish] people were taken to Babylon [to be slaves].)
12After they were taken to Babylon: Jehoiachin was the father of Shealtiel. Shealtiel
was the grandfather of Zerubbabel. 13Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud. Abiud was
the father of Eliakim. Eliakim was the father of Azor. 14Azor was the father of
Zadok. Zadok was the father of Achim. Achim was the father of Eliud. 15Eliud was
the father of Eleazar. Eleazar was the father of Matthan. Matthan was the father
of Jacob. 16Jacob was the father of Joseph. Joseph was the husband of Mary, and
Mary was the mother of Jesus. Jesus is called the Christ.*
17So there were fourteen generations from Abraham* to David.* And there were fourteen
generations from David until the time when the people were taken to Babylon. And
there were fourteen generations from the time when the people were taken to Babylon
until Christ* was born.
The Birth of Jesus Christ
18The mother of Jesus Christ was Mary. And this is how the birth of Jesus happened.
Mary was engaged to marry Joseph. But before they married, Mary learned that she
was pregnant with a child. Mary was pregnant by [the power of] the Holy Spirit.*
19Mary's husband, Joseph, was a good man. He did not want to bring shame to Mary
before the people. So he planned to divorce her secretly. 20But after Joseph thought
about this, an angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream. The angel said, "Joseph,
son of David,* don't be afraid to accept Mary to be your wife. The baby that is
in her is from the Holy Spirit.* 21She will give birth to a son. You will name the
son Jesus.* Give him that name because he will save his people from their sins."
22All this happened to make clear the full meaning of the things the Lord said
through the prophet*: 23"The virgin* will be pregnant and will give birth to a son.
They will name him Immanuel."* (Immanuel means, "God with us.") 24When Joseph woke
up, he did the thing that the Lord's angel told him to do. Joseph married Mary.
25But Joseph had no sexual union with Mary until she gave birth to the son. And
Joseph named the son Jesus.
Footnotes: David King of Israel about 1000 years before Christ. Abraham The most
respected ancestor of the Jews. Jehoiachin Literally, "Jechoniah," another name
for Jehoiachin. Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. Holy
Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined
with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world. son of David
Person from the family of David, second king of Israel, about 1000 years before
Christ. Jesus The name Jesus means "salvation." prophet A person that spoke for
God. Sometimes a prophet told things that would happen in the future. virgin A girl
that is not married and has never had sexual relations. "The virgin ... Immanuel"
Quote from Isa. 7:14.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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