Sunday Before Christmas
Matthew 1:1-25 - The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of
David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the
father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by
Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the
father of Ammin'adab, and Ammin'adab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the
father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Bo'az by Rahab, and Bo'az the father
of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uri'ah, and Solomon the
father of Rehobo'am, and Rehobo'am the father of Abi'jah, and Abi'jah the father
of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehosh'aphat, and Jehosh'aphat the father of Joram,
and Joram the father of Uzzi'ah, and Uzzi'ah the father of Jotham, and Jotham
the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezeki'ah, and Hezeki'ah the father
of Manas'seh, and Manas'seh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josi'ah,
and Josi'ah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the
deportation to Babylon.
And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoni'ah was the father of She-al'ti-el,
and She-al'ti-el the father of Zerub'babel, and Zerub'babel the father of Abi'ud,
and Abi'ud the father of Eli'akim, and Eli'akim the father of Azor, and Azor the
father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eli'ud,
and Eli'ud the father of Elea'zar, and Elea'zar the father of Matthan, and
Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary,
of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from
David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the
deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had
been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with
child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling
to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered this,
behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of
David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is
of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for
he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfil what the
Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and his name shall be called Emmanuel" (which means, God with us). When Joseph
woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his
wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus.