Bible: Matthew 1-7
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:
2:6 ‘And 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:
2:18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud wailing, 54
Rachel weeping for her children,
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,
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.
3:11 “I 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 and ‘with 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
4:15 “Land 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
5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 151
5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger 152 and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children 153 of God.
5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
5:11 “Blessed are you when people 154 insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely 155 on account of me. 5:12 Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.
Salt and Light
5:13 “You are the salt 156 of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, 157 how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 5:15 People 158 do not light a lamp and put it under a basket 159 but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.
Fulfillment of the Law and Prophets
5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them. 160 5:18 I 161 tell you the truth, 162 until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter 163 will pass from the law until everything takes place. 5:19 So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others 164 to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 5:20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law 165 and the Pharisees, 166 you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Anger and Murder
5:21 “You have heard that it was said to an older generation, 167 ‘Do not murder,’ 168 and ‘whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.’ 5:22 But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother 169 will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults 170 a brother will be brought before 171 the council, 172 and whoever says ‘Fool’ 173 will be sent 174 to fiery hell. 175 5:23 So then, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 5:24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother and then come and present your gift. 5:25 Reach agreement 176 quickly with your accuser while on the way to court, 177 or he 178 may hand you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the warden, and you will be thrown into prison. 5:26 I tell you the truth, 179 you will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny! 180
5:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 181 5:28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 182 5:30 If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into hell.
5:31 “It was said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a legal document.’ 183 5:32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
5:33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to an older generation, 184 ‘Do not break an oath, but fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ 185 5:34 But I say to you, do not take oaths at all – not by heaven, because it is the throne of God, 5:35 not by earth, because it is his footstool, and not by Jerusalem, 186 because it is the city of the great King. 5:36 Do not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. 5:37 Let your word be ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no.’ More than this is from the evil one. 187
5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 188 5:39 But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. 189 But whoever strikes you on the 190 right cheek, turn the other to him as well. 5:40 And if someone wants to sue you and to take your tunic, 191 give him your coat also. 5:41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, 192 go with him two. 5:42 Give to the one who asks you, 193 and do not reject 194 the one who wants to borrow from you.
Love for Enemies
5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ 195 and ‘hate your enemy.’ 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemy and 196 pray for those who persecute you, 5:45 so that you may be like 197 your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors 198 do the same, don’t they? 5:47 And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? 5:48 So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 199
6:1 “Be 200 careful not to display your righteousness merely to be seen by people. 201 Otherwise you have no reward with your Father in heaven. 6:2 Thus whenever you do charitable giving, 202 do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in synagogues 203 and on streets so that people will praise them. I tell you the truth, 204 they have their reward. 6:3 But when you do your giving, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 6:4 so that your gift may be in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 205
6:5 “Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues 206 and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 6:6 But whenever you pray, go into your room, 207 close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 208 6:7 When 209 you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. 6:8 Do 210 not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 6:9 So pray this way: 211
6:10 may your kingdom come, 214
may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
6:11 Give us today our daily bread, 215
6:12 and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves 216 have forgiven our debtors.
6:14 “For if you forgive others 219 their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 6:15 But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.
6:16 “When 220 you fast, do not look sullen like the hypocrites, for they make their faces unattractive 221 so that people will see them fasting. I tell you the truth, 222 they have their reward. 6:17 When 223 you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 6:18 so that it will not be obvious to others when you are fasting, but only to your Father who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
6:19 “Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth 224 and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 6:20 But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 6:21 For where your 225 treasure 226 is, there your heart will be also.
6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If then your eye is healthy, 227 your whole body will be full of light. 6:23 But if your eye is diseased, 228 your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Do Not Worry
6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry 232 about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? 6:26 Look at the birds in the sky: 233 They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds 234 them. Aren’t you more valuable 235 than they are? 6:27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? 236 6:28 Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers 237 of the field grow; they do not work 238 or spin. 6:29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 6:30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, 239 which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 240 won’t he clothe you even more, 241 you people of little faith? 6:31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 6:32 For the unconverted 242 pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 6:33 But above all pursue his kingdom 243 and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 6:34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. 244
Do Not Judge
7:1 “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 245 7:2 For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive. 246 7:3 Why 247 do you see the speck 248 in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 249 the beam of wood 250 in your own? 7:4 Or how can you say 251 to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own? 7:5 You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. 7:6 Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces. 252
Ask, Seek, Knock
7:7 “Ask 253 and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door 254 will be opened for you. 7:8 For everyone who asks 255 receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 7:9 Is 256 there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 257 7:11 If you then, although you are evil, 258 know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts 259 to those who ask him! 7:12 In 260 everything, treat others as you would want them 261 to treat you, 262 for this fulfills 263 the law and the prophets.
The Narrow Gate
7:13 “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 7:14 But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
A Tree and Its Fruit
7:15 “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. 264 7:16 You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered 265 from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? 266 7:17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad 267 tree bears bad fruit. 7:18 A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 7:20 So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.
Judgment of Pretenders
7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ 268 will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 7:22 On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do 269 many powerful deeds?’ 7:23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’ 270
Hearing and Doing
7:24 “Everyone 271 who hears these words of mine and does them is like 272 a wise man 273 who built his house on rock. 7:25 The rain fell, the flood 274 came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. 7:26 Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 7:27 The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed!” 275