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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW.
1. THE genealogy of JESUS CHRIST, the son of DAVID, the
son of ABRAHAM.
2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judah and his brethren; 3 and Judah begat Phares and Zara, by Tamar; and Phares begat Hezron; and Hezron begat Aram; 4 and Aram begat
Josiah begat Jehoiakim ; and Jehoiakim begat Jeconiah and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon; 12 and, after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Ze
rubbabel; 13 and Zerubbabel
begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Azor; 14 and Azor begat SaEliakim; and Eliakim begat doc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; 15 and Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Jacob begat Joseph, the husband Matthan begat Jacob; 16 and of Mary, of whom was born JESUS, who is called CHRIST.
Aminadab; and Aminadab be-
17 All the generations therefore from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away to Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away to Babylon unto Christ are fourteen
18 NOW the birth of [Jesus] Christ was thus. When his mother Mary had been espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to have conceived
by a holy spirit. 19 Then Joseph" In Bethlehem of Judea : for
her husband, being a righteous thus it is written by the prophet: man and not willing to expose her 6 And thou, Bethlehem, in the to public shame, purposed to put land of Judah, art by no means her away privately. 20 But the least among the governors of after he had thought on these Judah for out of thee shall come things, behold, an angel of the a governor who shall rule my Lord appeared to him in a dream, people Israel. ” 7 Then Herod saying, “Joseph, thou son of Da- having privately called the Mavid, fear not to take unto theegians, learnt from them exactly Mary thy wife ; for that which is what time the star appeared. conceived in her, is of a holy spirit. | 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, 21 And she shall bear a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: that is, SAVIOUR, for he shall save his people from their sins." 22 (Now all this came to pass, so that the word of the Lord by the prophet was fulfilled, saying, 23" Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and his name shall be called Emanuel :" which, being interpreted, is, God with us.) 24 Then, Joseph, being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took to him his wife; 25 and knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son; and he called his name Jesus.
and said, "Go, make an exact inquiry about the child; and, when ye have found him, inform me, that I also may come and do him obeisance." 9 So having heard the king, they departed; and, behold, the star, which they had seen in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over the place where the child was.
10 And seeing again the star, they rejoiced exceedingly. 11 And being come into the house, they saw the child with Mary, his mother, and fell down, and did him obeisance: and having opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned of God in a dream, that they should not return to Herod, they withdrew into their own country by another way.
CH. II. 1 NOW after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of king Herod, behold, Magians came from the east, to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he that is born king of the Jews? 13 WHEN they were gone, lo, for we have seen his star in the | a messenger of the Lord appeared east-country, and are come to do to Joseph in a dream, saying, him obeisance." 3 But when king" Arise, take the child and his Herod heard these things, he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered together the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ was to be born.
5 And they said to him,
mother, and flee into Egypt, and remain there till I acquaint thee: for Herod will seek the child to destroy him.” 14 Then arising, he took the child and his mother by night, and withdrew into Egypt; 15 and remained
that the word of the Lord by the prophet was fulfilled, saying, "Out of Egypt 1 recalled my 80n."
there till the death of Herod: so | proacheth." 3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying, "The voice of one crying in the desert, 'Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."" 4 Now this John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins: and his food was locusts and wild honey.
16 Then Herod finding that he had been deceived by the Magians, was greatly enraged; and sent and slew all the male children that were in Bethlehem, and in all its borders, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had learnt exactly from the Magians. 17 Then was fulfilled the word by the prophet Jeremiah, saying, 18 "A voice was heard in Ramah, [wailing, and] weeping, and great lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and refusing to be comforted, because they were not."
5 Then went out unto him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the country about Jordan; 6 and were baptized by him in Jordan, confessing their sins. 7 But seeing many of the Pharisees coming to his baptism, he said to them, "O brood of vipers! who hath prompted you to flee from the impending ven19 But, when Herod was dead, geance? 8 Produce then the prolo, a messenger of the Lord ap- per fruit of reformation; 9 and peared in a dream to Joseph in presume not to say within your. Egypt, 20 saying, “ Arise, take selves, We have Abraham for the child and his mother, and go our father' for I assure you, to the land of Israel: for they that of these stones God is able are dead who sought the child's to raise up children to Abraham. life." 21 Accordingly, he rose, 10 And already the axe [also] took the child and his mother, and lieth at the root of the trees: came to the land of Israel. 22 every tree therefore which proBut hearing that Archelaus reign- duceth not good fruit is cut ed [over] Judea, instead of his fa- down, and cast into the fire. 11 ther Herod, he was afraid to go I indeed baptize you in water thither: but, having been warn- to a reformation: but he who ed of God in a dream, he with cometh after me is mightier than drew into the parts of Galilee; I, whose sandals I am not wor23 And came and dwelt in a city thy to carry: he will baptize called Nazareth: thus was ful-you in a holy spirit, [and fire :] filled the word by the prophets, "He shall be called a Nazarene."
CH. III. 1 [NOW] in those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the desert of Judea, 2 and saying, "Reform: for the reign of heaven ap
12 whose winnowing-shovel is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his floor, and gather [his] wheat into the granary; but he will consume the chaff in unquenchable fire."
13 THEN Came Jesus from
Galilee to Jordan unto John to | is written, He shall give his
be baptized by him. 14 But John excused himself, saying, "I have need to be baptized by thee, and comest thou to me ?" 15 Jesus answering, said to him, "Suffer it now for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness." Then he suffered him. 16 Now Jesus being baptized, arose immediately out of the water; and, lo, the heavens were opened to him, and the spirit of God appeared, descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. 17 And, lo, a voice from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
angels charge concerning thee: and on their hands they shall support thee, lest thou strike thy foot against a stone." " 7 Jesus said to him, "It is also written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."" 8 Again the impostor conveyed him up a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 and he said to him, "All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me." 10 Then said Jesus to him, "Get thee hence, adversary for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and thou shalt serve him only." "
Then the impostor left him : and, lo, angels came and ministered to him.
CH. IV. 1 THEN was Jesus led up by the spirit into the desert,* to be tempted by an im-11 postor. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he became hungry. 3 And the tempter coming to him, said, "If thou be a son of God, command that these stones become loaves." 4 But he answering, said, "It is written, Man liveth not by bread alone, but by every thing which God is pleased to appoint.'"+ 5 Then the impostor conveyed him into the holy city, and placed him upon the battlement of the temple, 6 and said to him, "If thou be a son of God, cast thyself down for it
12 NOW [Jesus] hearing that John was imprisoned, retired into Galilee. 13 And, having left Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is on the side of the sea, in the borders of Zebulon and Naphtali: 14 and thus was fulfilled the word of the prophet Isaiah; saying, 15 The land of Zebulon, and the land of Naphtali, toward the way of the sea, by the side of Jordan, in Galilee of the gentiles; 16 the people who sat in
* Jesus was led up by the spirit into the desert.-This form of expression denotes that the historian is about to describe a visionary scene, and not a real event. See Rev. i. 10. Acts xi. 5. Our Lord was intrusted with the power of working miracles at pleasure, John iii. 34, 35 ; and by the visionary scene presented to his mind upon this occasion, he was instructed that he was not to exert his miraculous powers for his own personal advantage or aggrandizement, but solely in subservience to the great design of his mission and ministry. See Farmer on Christ's Temptation. Some have thought that the account of the temptation is a figurative description of the train of thoughts which passed through the mind of Jesus. See Cappe's Dissertations. The introduction of the impostor, or devil, into this scenical representation, no more proves the real existence of such a being, than the introduction of the lamb, or the red dragon, in the apocalyptic vision, is a proof of the real existence of those symbolical agents. See Improved Version, note on the place.
+ So Campbell. Whatever God is pleased to appoint.-Thomson. Every word which goeth forth out of the mouth of God.-Gr. and Im. Ver