THE BIRTH STORY OF JESUS
The Genealogical Tables of Jesus Christ
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac; Isaac was the father of Jacob; Jacob, of Judah and his brethren;
3 Judah (by Tamar), of Perez and Zerah; Perez, of Hezron; Hezron, of Ram;
4 Ram, of Amminadab; Amminadab, of Nahshon; Nahshon, of Salmon;
5 Salmon (by Rahab), of Boaz; Boaz (by Ruth), of Obed; Obed, of Jesse;
6 And Jesse, of David the king. David (by Uriah’s widow), was the father of Solomon;
7 Solomon, of Rehoboam; Rehoboam, of Abijah; Abijah, of Asa;
8 Asa, of Jehoshaphat; Jehoshaphat, of Joram; Joram, of Uzziah;
9 Uzziah, of Jotham; Jotham, of Ahaz; Ahaz, of Hezekiah;
10 Hezekiah, of Manasseh; Manasseh, of Amon; Amon, of Josiah;
11 Josiah, of Jechoniah and his brethren, at the time of the carrying away to Babylon.
12 And after the carrying away into Babylon, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel; Shealtiel, of Zerubbabel;
13 Zerubbabel, of Abiud; Abiud, of Eliakim; Eliakim, of Azor;
14 Azor, of Sadoc; Sadoc, of Achim; Achim, of Eliud;
15 Eliud, of Eleazar; Eleazar, of Matthan; Matthan, of Jacob;
16 And Jacob, of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17 So the whole number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen; from David to the exile to Babylon is fourteen; and from the exile to Babylon to Christ is fourteen.
The Virgin Birth
18 The birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. After his mother, Mary, had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.
19 But Joseph her husband, because he was just a man and unwilling to disgrace her, was minded to put her away secretly.
20 And while he was having this in mind, behold! an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying.
21 "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife home, for what is begotten in her is by the Holy Spirit; and she will bear a son, and you are to call him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
22 All this happened that the word of the Lord spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled.
23 Behold! the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son; and they shall call his name Immanuel, a word which means "God with us."
24 Now when Joseph awoke from his sleep he did as the angel of the Lord had directed him, and took his wife home,
25 but did not live with her until after the birth of her son, whom he called Jesus.