1:1 The 1 a book of the b generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the c son of Abraham.
(1) Jesus Christ came of Abraham of the tribe of
Judah, and of the family of David as God promised.
(a) Rehearsal: as the Hebrews used to speak; see
5:1), the book of the generations.
(b) Of the ancestors from whom Christ came.
(c) Christ is also the son of Abraham.
and Josias begat d Jechonias and his
brethren, at the time of the carrying away of Babylon.
(d) That is, the captivity fell in the days of
Jakim and Jechonias: for Jechonias was born before the carrying away into
All e 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.
(e) All those who were considered to be in the
lineage of David's family, as they begat one another orderly in turn.
1:18 Now the birth of (2)
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
(2) Christ is the true Emmanuel, and therefore,
Jesus (that is, Saviour) is conceived in the virgin by the Holy Spirit, as
foretold by the prophets.
1:20 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 f take
to [thee] Mary, thy g wife, for that
which is h begotten in her is of [the]
(f) Receive her from her parents and kinsfolks
(g) Who was promised, and made sure to you to be
(h) Of the mother's substance by the Holy
1:21 And she shall bring forth (3)
a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save i
his people from their sins.
(3) Christ is born of the same virgin who never
knew a man: and is named Jesus by God himself through the angel.
(i) Save, and this shows us the meaning of the
1:23 Behold, a k
virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his
name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
(k) There is an article added in the Hebrew and
Greek text, to point out the woman and set her forth plainly: as we would say,
the virgin, or a certain virgin.
1:25 And knew her not l
till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
(l) The word "till", in the Hebrew
language, gives us to understand that a thing will 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.