Matthew 1-4 Darby’s Translation

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The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

1 1  Book of the generation of Jesus Christ, Son of David, Son of Abraham. 2  Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob, and Jacob begat Juda and his brethren; 3  and Juda begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom, and Esrom begat Aram, 4  and Aram begat Aminadab, and Aminadab begat Naasson, and Naasson begat Salmon, 5  and Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse, 6  and Jesse begat David the king. And David begat Solomon, of her [that had been the wife] of Urias; 7  and Solomon begat Roboam, and Roboam begat Abia, and Abia begat Asa, 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, 10  and Ezekias begat Manasses, and Manasses begat Amon, and Amon begat Josias, 11  and Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, at the time of the carrying away of Babylon. 12  And after the carrying away of Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel, and Salathiel begat Zorobabel, 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 Eliazar, and Eliazar begat Matthan, and Matthan begat Jacob, 16  and Jacob begat Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 17  All the generations, therefore, from Abraham to David [were] fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away of Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the carrying away of Babylon unto the Christ, fourteen generations.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

18  Now the birth of Jesus Christ was thus: His mother, Mary, that is, having been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child of [the] Holy Spirit. 19  But Joseph, her husband, being [a] righteous [man], and unwilling to expose her publicly, purposed to have put her away secretly; 20  but while he pondered on these things, behold, an angel of [the] Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, fear not to take to [thee] Mary, thy wife, for that which is begotten in her is of [the] Holy Spirit. 21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins. 22  Now all this came to pass that that might be fulfilled which was spoken by [the] Lord, through the prophet, saying, 23  Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which is, being interpreted, 'God with us.' 24  But Joseph, having awoke up from his sleep, did as the angel of [the] Lord had enjoined him, and took to [him] his wife, 25  and knew her not until she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

The Visit of the Wise Men

2 1  Now Jesus having been born in Bethlehem of Judaea, in the days of Herod the king, behold magi from the east arrived at Jerusalem, saying, 2  Where is the king of the Jews that has been born? for we have seen his star in the east, and have come to do him homage. 3  But Herod the king having heard [of it], was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4  and, assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ should be born. 5  And they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judaea; for thus it is written through the prophet: 6  And thou Bethlehem, land of Juda, art in no wise the least among the governors of Juda; for out of thee shall go forth a leader who shall shepherd my people Israel. 7  Then Herod, having secretly called the magi, inquired of them accurately the time of the star that was appearing; 8  and having sent them to Bethlehem, said, Go, search out accurately concerning the child, and when ye shall have found [him] bring me back word, so that I also may come and do him homage.

9  And they having heard the king went their way; and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went before them until it came and stood over the place where the little child was. 10  And when they saw the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11  And having come into the house they saw the little child with Mary his mother, and falling down did him homage. And having opened their treasures, they offered to him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12  And being divinely instructed in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

The Slaying of the Infants

13  Now, they having departed, behold, an angel of [the] Lord appears in a dream to Joseph, saying, Arise, take to [thee] the little child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be there until I shall tell thee; for Herod will seek the little child to destroy it. 14  And, having arisen, he took to [him] the little child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt. 15  And he was there until the death of Herod, that that might be fulfilled which was spoken by [the] Lord through the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16  Then Herod, seeing that he had been mocked by the magi, was greatly enraged; and sent and slew all the boys which [were] in Bethlehem, and in all its borders, from two years and under, according to the time which he had accurately inquired from the magi. 17  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through Jeremias the prophet, saying, 18  A voice has been heard in Rama, weeping, and great lamentation: Rachel weeping [for] her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19  But Herod having died, behold, an angel of [the] Lord appears in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, 20  Arise, take to [thee] the little child and its mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they who sought the life of the little child are dead. 21  And he arose and took to [him] the little child and its mother, and came into the land of Israel; 22  but having heard that 'Archelaus reigns over Judaea, instead of Herod his father,' he was afraid to go there; and having been divinely instructed in a dream, he went away into the parts of Galilee, 23  and came and dwelt in a town called Nazareth; so that that should be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets, He shall be called a Nazaraean.

The Preaching of John the Baptist

3 1  Now in those days comes John the baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2  and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn nigh. 3  For this is he who has been spoken of through Esaias the prophet, saying, Voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: prepare ye the way of [the] Lord, make straight his paths. 4  And John himself had his garment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins, and his nourishment was locusts and wild honey. 5  Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the country round the Jordan, 6  and were baptised by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

7  But seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, Offspring of vipers, who has forewarned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8  Produce therefore fruit worthy of repentance. 9  And do not think to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for [our] father; for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 10  And already the axe is applied to the root of the trees; every tree therefore not producing good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. 11  I indeed baptise you with water to repentance, but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not fit to bear; he shall baptise you with [the] Holy Spirit and fire; 12  whose winnowing fan [is] in his hand, and he shall thoroughly purge his threshing-floor, and shall gather his wheat into the garner, but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.

The Baptism of Jesus

13  Then comes Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptised of him; 14  but John urgently forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptised of thee; and comest thou to me? 15  But Jesus answering said to him, Suffer [it] now; for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffers him. 16  And Jesus, having been baptised, went up straightway from the water, and lo, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him: 17  and behold, a voice out of the heavens saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I have found my delight.

The Temptation of Jesus

4 1  Then Jesus was carried up into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted of the devil: 2  and having fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he hungered. 3  And the tempter coming up to him said, If thou be Son of God, speak, that these stones may become loaves of bread. 4  But he answering said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which goes out through God's mouth. 5  Then the devil takes him to the holy city, and sets him upon the edge of the temple, 6  and says to him, If thou be Son of God cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall give charge to his angels concerning thee, and on [their] hands shall they bear thee, lest in anywise thou strike thy foot against a stone. 7  Jesus said to him, It is again written, Thou shalt not tempt [the] Lord thy God. 8  Again the devil takes him to a very high mountain, and shews him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory, 9  and says to him, All these things will I give thee if, falling down, thou wilt do me homage. 10  Then says Jesus to him, Get thee away, Satan, for it is written, Thou shalt do homage to [the] Lord thy God, and him alone shalt thou serve. 11  Then the devil leaves him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.

Jesus Begins His Ministry

12  But having heard that John was delivered up, he departed into Galilee: 13  and having left Nazareth, he went and dwelt at Capernaum, which is on the sea-side in the borders of Zabulon and Nepthalim, 14  that that might be fulfilled which was spoken through Esaias the prophet, saying, 15  Land of Zabulon and land of Nepthalim, way of [the] sea beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations: 16  —the people sitting in darkness has seen a great light, and to those sitting in [the] country and shadow of death, to them has light sprung up. 17  From that time began Jesus to preach and to say, Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens has drawn nigh.

Jesus Calls Four Fishermen

18  And 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 fishers; 19  and he says to them, Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20  And they, having left their trawl-nets, immediately followed him. 21  And going on thence he saw other two brothers, James the [son] of Zebedee and John his brother, in the ship with Zebedee their father, mending their trawl-nets, and he called them; 22  and they, having left the ship and their father, immediately followed him.

Jesus Ministers to a Great Multitude

23  And [Jesus] went round the whole [of] Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the glad tidings of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every bodily weakness among the people. 24  And his fame went out into the whole [of] Syria, and they brought to him all that were ill, suffering under various diseases and pains, and those possessed by demons, and lunatics, and paralytics; and he healed them. 25  And great crowds followed him from Galilee, and Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judaea, and beyond the Jordan.

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