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Ferrar Fenton Bible: Matthew 1


The Genealogy of Jesus

The record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham.

Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judah and his brothers; and Judah begat Phares and Zarah by Thamar; and Phares begat Hesrom; and Hesrom begat Aram; and Aram begat Amina-dab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; and Salmon begat Boez by Rahab; and Boez begat Obed by Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; and Jesse begat David the king.

David the king begat Solomon by the widow of Uriah; and Solomon begat Rehoboam; and Rehoboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asaph; and Asaph begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Oziah; and Oziah begat Jo-tham; and Jotham begat Achaz; and to Achaz begat Hezekiah; and Hezekiah begat Manasseh; and Manasseh begat Amos; and Amos begat Josiah; and Josiah begat Jechoniah and his brothers, about the time of the transportation into Babylon.

And after the transportation into Babylon, Jechoniah begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; and Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; and Azor begat Sadok; and Sadok begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; and Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Mathan; and Mathan begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Joseph, the husband of Mary; from her was born Jesus, the Appointed MESSIAH.1

Thus all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations; and from David to the transportation into Babylon were fourteen generations; and from the transportation into Babylon to the Messiah were fourteen generations.

The Birth of Jesus

However, the origin of Jesus the Messiah was thus: Mary, His mother, was promised in marriage to Joseph; but before their union, she was found to have conceived from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, however, was a righteous man; and not wishing to degrade her, felt inclined to divorce her privately. But while reflecting about it, he saw a messenger from the Lord appear to him during a vision, saying:

"Joseph, son of David, you need not be afraid to accept your wife Mary; for what is conceived in her was produced by the Holy Spirit. And she will give birth to a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus ; for He will save His people from their sins."

Now all this took place so that the statement of the Lord, as recorded by His prophet, might be fulfilled:

Behold, the Virgin shall conceive,
And give birth to a Son;
And they shall call His name Emmanuel,2

which, when translated, means, The God among us.

Then Joseph, having awakened from his sleep, did as the messenger of the Lord commanded him, and accepted his wife; but kept apart from her until she had given birth to her Son: and he named Him Jesus.


  1. Dan. 9:25.
  2. Isa. 7:14.

Transcribed by Mark Hicks on 12-29-2014