Bible: Matthew 1-4

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

1:1 This is the record of the genealogy 1  of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

1:2 Abraham was the father 2  of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 1:3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah (by Tamar), Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 1:4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 1:5 Salmon the father of Boaz (by Rahab), Boaz the father of Obed (by Ruth), Obed the father of Jesse, 1:6 and Jesse the father of David the king.

David was the father of Solomon (by the wife of Uriah 3 ), 1:7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, 4  1:8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah, 1:9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 1:10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, 5  Amon the father of Josiah, 1:11 and Josiah 6  the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

1:12 After 7  the deportation to Babylon, Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel, 8  Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 1:13 Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 1:14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, 1:15 Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 1:16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, by whom 9  Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 10 

1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to Christ, 11  fourteen generations.

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, 12  she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 1:19 Because Joseph, her husband to be, 13  was a righteous man, and because he did not want to disgrace her, he intended to divorce her 14  privately. 1:20 When he had contemplated this, an 15  angel of the Lord 16  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 17  Jesus, 18  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 19  Emmanuel,” 20  which means 21 God with us.” 22  1:24 When Joseph awoke from sleep he did what the angel of the Lord 23  told him. He took his wife, 1:25 but did not have marital relations 24  with her until she gave birth to a son, whom he named 25  Jesus.

The Visit of the Wise Men

2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem 26  in Judea, in the time 27  of King Herod, 28  wise men 29  from the East came to Jerusalem 30  2:2 saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose 31  and have come to worship him.” 2:3 When King Herod 32  heard this he was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him. 2:4 After assembling all the chief priests and experts in the law, 33  he asked them where the Christ 34  was to be born. 2:5 In Bethlehem of Judea,” they said, “for it is written this way by the prophet:

2:6And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are in no way least among the rulers of Judah,

for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ 35 

2:7 Then Herod 36  privately summoned the wise men and determined from them when the star had appeared. 2:8 He 37  sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and look carefully for the child. When you find him, inform me so that I can go and worship him as well.” 2:9 After listening to the king they left, and once again 38  the star they saw when it rose 39  led them until it stopped above the place where the child was. 2:10 When they saw the star they shouted joyfully. 40  2:11 As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down 41  and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, 42  and myrrh. 43  2:12 After being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, 44  they went back by another route to their own country.

The Escape to Egypt

2:13 After they had gone, an 45  angel of the Lord 46  appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod 47  is going to look for the child to kill him.” 2:14 Then he got up, took the child and his mother during 48  the night, and went to Egypt. 2:15 He stayed there until Herod 49  died. In this way what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet was fulfilled: “I called my Son out of Egypt.” 50 

2:16 When Herod 51  saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he became enraged. He sent men 52  to kill all the children in Bethlehem 53  and throughout the surrounding region from the age of two and under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men. 2:17 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:

2:18A voice was heard in Ramah,

weeping and loud wailing, 54 

Rachel weeping for her children,

and she did not want to be comforted, because they were 55  gone. 56 

The Return to Nazareth

2:19 After Herod 57  had died, an 58  angel of the Lord 59  appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 2:20 saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” 2:21 So 60  he got up and took the child and his mother and returned to the land of Israel. 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus 61  was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, 62  he was afraid to go there. After being warned in a dream, he went to the regions of Galilee. 2:23 He came to a town called Nazareth 63  and lived there. Then what had been spoken by the prophets was fulfilled, that Jesus 64  would be called a Nazarene. 65 

The Ministry of John the Baptist

3:1 In those days John the Baptist came into the wilderness 66  of Judea proclaiming, 3:2 Repent, 67  for the kingdom of heaven is near.” 3:3 For he is the one about whom Isaiah the prophet had spoken: 68 

The voice 69  of one shouting in the wilderness,

Prepare the way for the Lord, make 70  his paths straight.’ 71 

3:4 Now John wore clothing made from camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his diet consisted of locusts and wild honey. 72  3:5 Then people from Jerusalem, 73  as well as all Judea and all the region around the Jordan, were going out to him, 3:6 and he was baptizing them 74  in the Jordan River as they confessed their sins.

3:7 But when he saw many Pharisees 75  and Sadducees 76  coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 3:8 Therefore produce fruit 77  that proves your 78  repentance, 3:9 and don’t think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 3:10 Even now the ax is laid at 79  the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

3:11I baptize you with water, for repentance, but the one coming after me is more powerful than I am – I am not worthy 80  to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 81  3:12 His winnowing fork 82  is in his hand, and he will clean out his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the storehouse, 83  but the chaff he will burn up with inextinguishable fire.” 84 

The Baptism of Jesus

3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John to be baptized by him in the Jordan River. 85  3:14 But John 86  tried to prevent 87  him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me? 3:15 So Jesus replied 88  to him, “Let it happen now, 89  for it is right for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John 90  yielded 91  to him. 3:16 After 92  Jesus was baptized, just as he was coming up out of the water, the 93  heavens 94  opened 95  and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove 96  and coming on him. 3:17 And 97  a voice from heaven said, 98 This is my one dear Son; 99  in him 100  I take great delight.” 101 

The Temptation of Jesus

4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness 102  to be tempted by the devil. 4:2 After he fasted forty days and forty nights he was famished. 103  4:3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.” 104  4:4 But he answered, 105 It is written, ‘Man 106  does not live 107  by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ 108  4:5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, 109  had him stand 110  on the highest point 111  of the temple, 4:6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you 112  andwith their hands they will lift you up, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ 113  4:7 Jesus said to him, “Once again it is written: ‘You are not to put the Lord your God to the test.’” 114  4:8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their grandeur. 115  4:9 And he said to him, “I will give you all these things if you throw yourself to the ground and worship 116  me.” 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Go away, 117  Satan! For it is written: ‘You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ 118  4:11 Then the devil left him, and angels 119  came and began ministering to his needs.

Preaching in Galilee

4:12 Now when Jesus 120  heard that John had been imprisoned, 121  he went into Galilee. 4:13 While in Galilee, he moved from Nazareth 122  to make his home in Capernaum 123  by the sea, 124  in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, 4:14 so that what was spoken by Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled: 125 

4:15Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,

the way by the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles

4:16 the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,

and on those who sit in the region and shadow of death a light has dawned.” 126 

4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach this message: 127  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

The Call of the Disciples

4:18 As 128  he was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen). 129  4:19 He said to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.” 130  4:20 They 131  left their nets immediately and followed him. 132  4:21 Going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in a boat 133  with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. Then 134  he called them. 4:22 They 135  immediately left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus’ Healing Ministry

4:23 Jesus 136  went throughout all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, 137  preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of disease and sickness among the people. 4:24 So a report about him spread throughout Syria. People 138  brought to him all who suffered with various illnesses and afflictions, those who had seizures, 139  paralytics, and those possessed by demons, 140  and he healed them. 4:25 And large crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, 141  Jerusalem, 142  Judea, and beyond the Jordan River. 143 

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