Bible: Matthew 1:18-25

The Birth of Jesus Christ

1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened this way. While his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they came together, 1  she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 1:19 Because Joseph, her husband to be, 2  was a righteous man, and because he did not want to disgrace her, he intended to divorce her 3  privately. 1:20 When he had contemplated this, an 4  angel of the Lord 5  appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 1:21 She will give birth to a son and you will name him 6  Jesus, 7  because he will save his people from their sins.” 1:22 This all happened so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet would be fulfilled: 1:23 Look! The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call him 8  Emmanuel,” 9  which means 10 God with us.” 11  1:24 When Joseph awoke from sleep he did what the angel of the Lord 12  told him. He took his wife, 1:25 but did not have marital relations 13  with her until she gave birth to a son, whom he named 14  Jesus.

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