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Matthew 1

1 The (*) (1) (a) (♣) book of the (b) generation of Jesus Christ the (c) son of (♠) David, the son of Abraham.


(*) Luke 3:23 .

(1) Jesus Christ came of Abraham of the tribe of Judah, and of the stock of David as God promised.

(a) Rehearsal; as the Hebrews used to speak; see Genesis 5:1, The book of the generations.

(♣) This rehearsal of the progeny, whereof Jesus Christ is sprung according to the flesh.

(b) So called, for that he came of the stock of David.

(c) Which Christ is also the son of Abraham.

(♠) These two are first rehearsed, because Christ was especially promised to come of them and their seed, and therefore Christ commonly was called the son of David, because the promise was more evidently confirmed unto him.


 2  (*) Abraham begat Isaac; (♦) and Isaac begat Jacob; and (♣) Jacob begat Judas and his brethren.


(*) Genesis 21:2 .

(♦) Genesis 25:14 .

(♣) Genesis 29:35 .


 3  (*) And Judas begat Phares; and Zara (♣) of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; And Esrom begat Aram.


(*) Genesis 38:27; 1 Chronicles 2:5; Ruth 4:18-19 .

(♣) By incestuous adultery, the which shame setteth forth his great humility, who made himself of no reputation, but became a servant for our sakes; yea, a worm and no man, the reproach of men, and contempt of the people, and at length suffered the accursed death of the cross.


 4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon.


 5 And Salmon begat Boaz of (♣) Rachab; and (*) Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse.


(♣) Rachab and Ruth, being Gentiles, signifieth that Christ came not only of the Jews, and for them, but also of the Gentiles, and for their salvation.

(*) Ruth 4:28 .


 6 And (*) Jesse begat David the King; and David the King Begat Solomon of her that was (♣) the wife of Urias.


(*) 1 Samuel 16:1; 1 Samuel 17:12 .

(♣) 2 Samuel 12:24 .


 7 And (*) Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa.


(*) 1 Kings 11:43; 1 Chronicles 3:10-11 .


 8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias.


 9 And Ozias begat (*) Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias.


(*) He hath omitted three Kings: Joash, Amaziah, Ahaziah; abridging the number to make the times fourteen generations.


 10 And (*) Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias.


(*) 2 Kings 20:21; 2 Kings 28:11; 1 Chronicles 3:13; 1 Chronicles 14:15 .


 11 And (*) Josias begat Jakim; and Jakim (d) begat Jechonias and his brethren about the time they were carried away to Babylon.


(*) 2 Kings 23:34; 2 Kings 24:1-6; 2 Chronicles 36:4-9 .                               

(d) That is, the captivity fell in the days of Jakim and Jechonias; for Jechonias was born before their    

carrying away into captivity.   


 12 And after they were carried away into Babylon, (*) Jechonias begat (♠) Salathiel; and (♣) Salathiel begat Zorobabel.


(*) 1 Chronicles 3:16 .

(♠) After the captivity, the title royal was appointed unto him; so that notwithstanding that they were as slaves for the space of seventy years, yet by the providence of God the government remained in the family of David, where is continued in the coming of Christ.

(♣) 1 Chronicles 3:17 .


 13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor.


 14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud.


 15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob.


 16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, (*) of whom was born JESUS, that is called (♣) Christ.


(*) Albeit the Jews number their kindred by the male kind; yet this linage of Mary is comprehended under the same, because she was married to a man of her own stock and tribe.

(♣) Who is the true King, Priest, and Prophet anointed of God to accomplish the office of the redeemer.


 17 So (e) all the generations from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations; and from David until they were carried away into Babylon, fourteen generations; and after they were carried away into Babylon until Christ, fourteen generations.


(e) All these which are reckoned up in this pedigree of David's stock, as they begat one another orderly in their degrees.


 18  ¶ Now the birth of (2) Jesus Christ was thus: When as his mother Mary was (*) betrothed to Joseph, (♣) before they came together, she was found (♠) with child of the holy Ghost.


(2) Christ is the true Emmanuel, and therefore, Jesus (that is, Saviour) is conceived in the virgin by the holy Ghost, as it was foretold by the Prophets.

(*) Luke 1:27 .

(♣) Before he took her home to him.

(♠) As the Angel afterward declared to Joseph.


 19 Then Joseph her husband being a (♣) just man, and not willing to (*) make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.


(♣) Upright and fearing God, and therefore suspecting that she had committed fornication, before she was betrothed, would neither retain her, which by the Law should be married to another neither by accusing her put her to shame for her fact.

(*) Deuteronomy 14:1 .


 20 But whiles he thought these things, behold, the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a (*) dream, saying, Joseph, the (♣) son of David, fear not to (f) take Mary thy (g) wife; for that which is (h) conceived in her, is of the holy Ghost.


(*) This dream is witnessed by the holy Ghost, and is a kind of revelation, Numbers 12:6 .

(♣) This name putteth him in remembrance of God’s promise to David.

(f) Receive her at her parents and kinsfolk’s hands.

(g) Which was promised, and made sure to thee to be thy wife.

(h) Of the mother's substance by the holy Ghost.


 21 And she shall bring (3) forth a son, and thou shalt (*) call his name (♠) JESUS, for he shall (♣) (i) save his people from their sins.


(3) Christ is born of the same Virgin which never knew man; and is called Jesus of God himself, by the Angel.

(*) Acts 4:12 .

(♠) That is, Saviour.

(i) Deliver, and this sheweth us the meaning of this name Jesus.

() Luke 1:31 .


 22 And all this was done that it might be fulfilled, which is spoken of the Lord by the Prophet, saying.


 23  (*) Behold, a (k) virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and (♣) they shall call his name Emmanuel, which is by interpretation, (♠) God with us.


(*) Isaiah 7:14

(k) There is in the Hebrew and Greek text, an article added, to point out the woman, and see her forth plainly; as you would say, that Virgin, or a certain virgin.

(♣) Or, thou.

(♠) God is joined with us by the means of Jesus Christ, who is both God and man.


 24  ¶ Then Joseph being raised from sleep, did as the Angel of the Lord had enjoined him, and took his wife.


 25 But he knew her not, (l) till she had brought forth her (*) first born son, and he called his name JESUS.


(l) This little word till, in the Hebrew tongue, giveth us to understand also, that a thing shall not come to pass in time to come; as Michal had no children till her death day, 2 Samuel 6:23 . And in the last chapter of this Evangelist; Behold, I am with you till the end of the world.

(*) Christ is here called the first born, because she had never none before, and not in respect of any she had after. Neither yet doeth this word (till) import always a time following; wherein the contrary may be affirmed, as our Saviour, saying, that he will be present with his disciples, till the end of the world, meaneth not, that after the world he will not be with them.

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