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GENEALOGY OF JESUS CHRIST
THE SON OF DAVID, THE SON OF
Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Jesse of David,
at the time of the carrying away to Babylon. Jeconiah became the father of Salathiel,
after the carrying away to Babylon.
Jacob of Joseph, the husband of Mary,
the mother of Jesus, called the Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David
Now, the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way. His mother, Mary, had been betrothed to Joseph. But before they came together she was found with child by the Holy Spirit.
Now, Joseph, her husband, was a good man, and did not wish to expose her, so he intended to divorce her privately. But while he was thinking of this an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, and said :
son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary, your wife. For that which is begotten in her is by the Holy Spirit, and she will bear a son, and you will call his name Jesus, for it is he who will save his people from their sins.'
Now, all this has happened so that what was
spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled when he said :
Behold the virgin shall be with child,
And shall bring forth a son,
Joseph got up from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord directed him, and took to him his wife; and did not know her till she had brought forth a son : and he called his name Jesus.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the King, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem, and said :
“Where is he who was born King of the Jews ? For we saw his star in the east and have come to pay him homage.”
When Herod the King heard it he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him, and gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people he inquired of them where the Christ should be born.
And they said to him :
“In Bethlehem of Judæa. For thus it is written by the prophet: And thou Bethlehem, land of Judah,
Art in no way least among the princes of Judah ;
Who shall shepherd my people Israel.”
Then Herod privately called the Magi and learned from them carefully what time the star appeared, and sent them to Bethlehem, and said :
“Go search out carefully about the young child; and when you have found him, bring me word, so that I also may come and pay him homage."
They heard the King and went, and to their surprise the star they saw in the east kept going before them till it came and stood over where the young child was.
And when they saw the star they were very much pleased.
And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and paid him homage; and opening their treasures they offered him presents of gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod they went into their own country
Now when they had gone an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, and said: “ Get
up, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and stay there till I
For Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”