1 This is the list of ancestors of Jesus Christ, descendant of David and Abraham.
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
3 Judah and Tamarwere the father and mother of Perez and Zerah. Perez was the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon.
5 Salmon and Rahabwere the father and mother of Boaz. Boaz and Ruthwere the father and mother of Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse,
6 Jesse the father of King David. David and Uriah's wifeBathsheba were the father and mother of Solomon.
7 Solomon was the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah,
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah.
11 Josiah was the father of Jechoniah and his brothers. They lived at the time when the people were exiled to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel. Shealtiel was the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud,
15 Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob.
16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, who was the husband of Mary. Mary was the mother of Jesus, who is called Christ.
17 So there were 14 generations from Abraham to David, 14 generations from David until the exile to Babylon, 14 generations from the exile until the Messiah.
18 The birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. His mother Mary had been promised to Joseph in marriage. But before they were married, Mary realized that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
19 Her husband Joseph was an honorable man and did not want to disgrace her publicly. So he decided to break the marriage agreement with her secretly.
20 Joseph had this in mind when an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. The angel said to him, "Joseph, descendant of David, don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She is pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
21 She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus He Saves, because he will save his people from their sins."
22 All this happened so that what the Lord had spoken through the prophet came true:
23 "The virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel," which means "God is with us."
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him to do. He took Mary to be his wife.
25 He did not have marital relations with her before she gave birth to a son. Joseph named the child Jesus.
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