Matthew 1:17-25 NIV

17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.a

References for Matthew 1:17

    • b 1:17 - Or "Messiah." "The Christ" (Greek) and "the Messiah" (Hebrew) both mean "the Anointed One."

      The Birth of Jesus Christ

      18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.1

      References for Matthew 1:18

      19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce2 her quietly.

      References for Matthew 1:19

      20 But after he had considered this, an angel3 of the Lord appeared to him in a dream4 and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

      References for Matthew 1:20

      21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,b5 because he will save his people from their sins."6

      References for Matthew 1:21

        • c 1:21 - "Jesus" is the Greek form of "Joshua," which means "the LORD saves."
          22 All this took place to fulfill7 what the Lord had said through the prophet:

          References for Matthew 1:22

          23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"c8--which means, "God with us."

          References for Matthew 1:23

          24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel9 of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.

          References for Matthew 1:24

          25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.10

          References for Matthew 1:25