The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
1 1 The book of the generations of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 The son of Abraham was Isaac; and the son of Isaac was Jacob; and the sons of Jacob were Judah and his brothers; 3 And the sons of Judah were Perez and Zerah by Tamar; and the son of Perez was Hezron; and the son of Hezron was Ram; 4 And the son of Ram was Amminadab; and the son of Amminadab was Nahshon; and the son of Nahshon was Salmon; 5 And the son of Salmon by Rahab was Boaz; and the son of Boaz by Ruth was Obed; and the son of Obed was Jesse; 6 And the son of Jesse was David the king; and the son of David was Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah; 7 And the son of Solomon was Rehoboam; and the son of Rehoboam was Abijah; and the son of Abijah was Asa; 8 And the son of Asa was Jehoshaphat; and the son of Jehoshaphat was Joram; and the son of Joram was Uzziah; 9 And the son of Uzziah was Jotham; and the son of Jotham was Ahaz; and the son of Ahaz was Hezekiah; 10 And the son of Hezekiah was Manasseh; and the son of Manasseh was Amon; and the son of Amon was Josiah; 11 And the sons of Josiah were Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the taking away to Babylon. 12 And after the taking away to Babylon, Jechoniah had a son Shealtiel; and Shealtiel had Zerubbabel; 13 And Zerubbabel had Abiud; and Abiud had Eliakim; and Eliakim had Azor; 14 And Azor had Zadok; and Zadok had Achim; and Achim had Eliud; 15 And Eliud had Eleazar; and Eleazar had Matthan; and Matthan had Jacob; 16 And the son of Jacob was Joseph the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, whose name is Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the taking away to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the taking away to Babylon to the coming of Christ, fourteen generations.
The Birth of Jesus Christ
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way: when his mother Mary was going to be married to Joseph, before they came together the discovery was made that she was with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph, her husband, being an upright man, and not desiring to make her a public example, had a mind to put her away privately. 20 But when he was giving thought to these things, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, have no fear of taking Mary as your wife; because that which is in her body is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will give birth to a son; and you will give him the name Jesus; for he will give his people salvation from their sins. 22 Now all this took place so that the word of the Lord by the prophet might come true, 23 See, the virgin will be with child, and will give birth to a son, and they will give him the name Immanuel, that is, God with us. 24 And Joseph did as the angel of the Lord had said to him, and took her as his wife; 25 And he had no connection with her till she had given birth to a son; and he gave him the name Jesus.
The Birth of Jesus
2 1 Now it came about in those days that an order went out from Caesar Augustus that there was to be a numbering of all the world. 2 This was the first numbering, which was made when Quirinius was ruler of Syria. 3 And all men went to be numbered, everyone to his town. 4 And Joseph went up from Galilee, out of the town of Nazareth, into Judaea, to Beth-lehem, the town of David, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 To be put on the list with Mary, his future wife, who was about to become a mother. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she had her first son; and folding him in linen, she put him to rest in the place where the cattle had their food, because there was no room for them in the house.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8 And in the same country there were keepers of sheep in the fields, watching over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord came to them, and the glory of the Lord was shining round about them: and fear came on them. 10 And the angel said, Have no fear; for truly, I give you good news of great joy which will be for all the people: 11 For on this day, in the town of David, a Saviour has come to birth, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this is the sign to you: you will see a young child folded in linen, in the place where the cattle have their food. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a great band of spirits from heaven, giving praise to God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on the earth peace among men with whom he is well pleased. 15 And when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the keepers of the sheep said to one another, Let us go now to Beth-lehem, and see this thing which has come about, which the Lord has made clear to us. 16 And they came quickly, and saw Mary and Joseph, and the child in the place where the cattle had their food. 17 And when they saw it, they gave them an account of the things which had been said to them about the child. 18 And all those to whose ears it came were full of wonder at the things said by the keepers of the sheep. 19 But Mary kept all these words in her heart, and gave much thought to them. 20 Then the keepers of the sheep went back, giving glory and praise to God for all the things which had come to their ears and which they had seen, as it had been said to them.
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
21 And when, after eight days, the time came for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name which the angel had given to him before his birth. 22 And when the necessary days for making them clean by the law of Moses had come to an end, they took him to Jerusalem to give him to the Lord 23 (As it says in the law of the Lord, Every mother's first male child is to be holy to the Lord), 24 And to make an offering, as it is ordered in the law of the Lord, of two doves or other young birds.
25 And there was then in Jerusalem a man whose name was Simeon; and he was an upright man, fearing God and waiting for the comfort of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 And he had knowledge, through the Holy Spirit, that he would not see death till he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And full of the Spirit he came into the Temple; and when the father and mother came in with the child Jesus, to do with him what was ordered by the law, 28 Then he took him in his arms and gave praise to God and said, 29 Now you are letting your servant go in peace, O Lord, as you have said; 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 Which you have made ready before the face of all nations; 32 A light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. 33 And his father and mother were full of wonder at the things which were said about him. 34 And Simeon gave them his blessing and said to Mary, his mother, See, this child will be the cause of the downfall and the lifting up of great numbers of people in Israel, and he will be a sign against which hard words will be said; 35 (And a sword will go through your heart;) so that the secret thoughts of men may come to light. 36 And there was one, Anna, a woman prophet, the daughter of Phanuel, of the family of Asher (she was very old, and after seven years of married life 37 She had been a widow for eighty-four years); she was in the Temple at all times, worshipping with prayers and going without food, night and day. 38 And coming up at that time, she gave praise to God, talking of him to all those who were waiting for the freeing of Jerusalem.