This is the book of the
generation of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son also of
Abraham begat Isaac:
Isaac begat Jacob:
Jacob begat Judas and his brethren:
Judas begat Phares and Zaram of Thamar:
Phares begat Esrom:
Hesrom begat Aram:
Aram begat Aminadab:
Aminadab begat Naasson:
Naasson begat Salmon:
Salmon begat Boos of Rachab:
Boos begat Obed of Ruth:
Obed begat Jesse:
Jesse begat David the king:
David the king begat Solomon, of her that was the wife of
Solomon begat Roboam:
Roboam begat Abia:
Abia begat Asa:
Asa begat Josaphat:
Josaphat begat Joram:
Joram begat Osias:
Osias begat Joatham:
Joatham begat Achas:
Achaz begat Ezekias:
Ezekias begat Manasses:
Manasses begat Amon:
Amen begat Josias:
Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren about the time they were
carried away to Babylon.
And after they were brought to Babylon,
Jechonias begat Salathiel:
Salathiel begat Zorobabel:
Zorobabel begat Abiud:
Abiud begat Eliachim:
Eliakim begat Azor:
Azor begat Sadoc:
Sadoc begat Achin:
Achin begat Eliud:
Eliud begat Eleasar:
Eleasar begat Matthan:
Matthan begat Jacob:
Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born that Jesus,
that is called Christ.
All the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen
generations. And from David unto the captivity of Babylon, are
fourteen generations. And from the captivity of Babylon to Christ,
are also fourteen generations.
The birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise. When his mother
Mary *was married to Joseph, before they came to dwell together, she
was found with child by the holy ghost. Then Joseph her husband
being a perfect man, and *loth to make an example of her, was minded
to put her away secretly. While he thus thought, behold the angel of
the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying: Joseph the son of
David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife. For that which is
conceived in her is of the holy ghost. She shall bring forth a son,
and thou shalt call his name Jesus. For he shall save his people
from their sins.
All this was done to fulfill that which was spoken of the Lord
by the Prophet, saying; Behold a maid shall be with child, and shall
bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emanuel, which is by
interpretation, God with us.
And Joseph as soon as he awoke out of sleep, did as the angel
of the Lord bade him, and took his wife unto him, and knew her not
till she had brought forth her first son, and called his name Jesus.
*loth (unwilling) *was married to Joseph; compare to "bibles of
man": was esposed engaged. YET see "before they came to dwell
together"; Jesus was NOT born out of wedlock.
When Jesus was born at Bethlehem in *Jury, in the time of Herod
the king. Behold, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem
saying: where is he that is born king of Jews? We have seen his
star in the East, and are come to worship him.
When Herod the king had heard this, he was troubled, and all
Jerusalem with him, and he gathered all the chief Priests and
Scribes of the people, and asked of them where Christ should be
born. And they said unto him: at Bethlehem in Jewry. For thus it is
written by the Prophet. And thou Bethlehem in the land of Jewry, are
not the least concerning the Princes of Juda. For out of thee shall
come the captain, that shall govern my people Israel.
Then Herod privily called the wise
men, and diligently enquired of them, the time of the star that
appeared, and sent them to Bethlehem saying: Go and search
diligently for the child. And when ye have found him, bring me word, that I may come and worship him
When they had heard the king, they departed: and lo the star
which they saw in the East, went before them, till it came and stood
over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they
were marvellously glad: and went into the house, and found the child
with Mary his mother, and kneeled down and worshipped him, and
opened their treasures, and offered unto him gifts, gold,
frankincense and myrrh. And after they were warned of God in a
dream, that they should not go again to Herod, they returned into
their own country another way.
When they were departed: behold the angel of the Lord appeared
to Joseph in dream saying: arise, and take the child and his mother,
and fly into Egypt, and abide there till I bring thee word. For Herod
will seek the child to destroy him. Then he arose, and took the
child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt, and was
there unto the death of Herod, to fulfil that which was spoken of
the Lord, by the Prophet which says, out of Egypt have I called my
Then Herod perceiving that he was mocked of the wise men, was
exceeding wroth, and sent forth and slew all the children that were
in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, as many as were two
year old and under, according to the time which he had diligently
searched out of the wise men.
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by the Prophet Jeremy
saying: On the hills was a voice heard, mourning, weeping, and great
lamentation: Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be
comforted, because they were not.
When Herod was dead: behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a
dream to Joseph in Egypt saying: arise and take the child and his
mother, and go into the land of Israel. For they are dead which
sought the childs life. Then he arose up, and took the child and his
mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that
Archelaus did reign in Jewry, in the room of his father Herod, he
was afraid to go over there. Notwithstanding after he was warned of
God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee, and went
and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, to fulfil that which was spoken
by the Prophets: he shall be called a Nazarite.
In those days John the Baptist came and preached in the
wilderness of Jewry, saying: Repent, the kingdom of heaven is at
hand. This is he of whom it is spoken by the Prophet Esai, which
says: The voice of a crier in wilderness, prepare the Lords way, and
make his paths straight. This John had his garment of camels hair,
and a girdle of a skin about his loins. His meat was locusts and
wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Jewry, and all
the region round about Jordan, and were baptised of him in Jordan,
confessing their sins.
When he saw many of the Pharisees and of the Saduces
come to his baptism, he said unto them: O' generation of vipers, who
has taught you to flee from the vengeance to come? Bring forth
therefore the fruits belonging to repentance. And see that ye once think not
to say in yourselves, we have Abraham to our father. For I say unto
you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto
Abraham. Even now is the axe put unto the root of the trees: so that
every tree which brings not forth good fruit, is hewn down and cast
into the fire.
I baptise you in water in token of repentance: but he that
comes after me, is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to
bear. He shall baptise you with the holy ghost and with fire: which
has also his fan in his hand, and will purge his flour, and gather
the wheat into his garner, and will burn the chaff with
Then came Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John to be baptised
of him. But John forbade him, saying: I ought to be baptised of thee:
and comest thou to me? Jesus answered and said to him. Let it be so
now. For thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he
*suffered him. And Jesus as soon as he was baptised, came straight
out of the water. And lo heaven was open over him: and John saw the
spirit of God descend like a dove, and light upon him. And lo there
came a voice from heaven saying: This is that my beloved son in whom
is my delight.
Then was Jesus led away of the spirit into wilderness, to be
tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty
nights, he was afterward an hungered. Then came to him the tempter,
and said: if thou be the son of God, command that these stones be
made bread. He answered and said: it is written, man shall not live
by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of
Then the devil took him up into the
holy city, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto
him: if you be the son of God, cast your self down. For it is
written: he shall give his angels charge over you, and with their
hands they shall hold you up, that you dash not your foot against a
stone. And Jesus said to him, it is written also: You shall not
tempt your Lord God.
The devil took him up again and led him in to an exceeding high
mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and all the
glory of them, and said to him: all these will I give you, if you
will fall down and worship me. Then said Jesus unto him. Avoid,
Satan. For it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God, and
him only shall you serve.
Then the devil left him, and behold, the angels came and
ministered unto him.
When Jesus had heard that John was taken, he departed into
Galilee and left Nazareth, and went and dwelt in Capernaum, which is
a city upon the sea, in the coasts of zabulon and Nephthalim, to
fulfil that which was spoken by Esai the Prophet, saying: The land
of Zabulon and Nephthalim, the way of the sea beyond Jordan, Galilee
of the Gentiles, the people which sat in darkness, saw great light,
and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death, light is
begun to shine.
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say: repent, for
the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
As Jesus walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brethren:
Simon which was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net
into the sea, for they were fishers, and he said unto them, follow
me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left
their nets, and followed him.
And he went forth from that place, and saw other two brethren,
James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the ship with
Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and called them. And they
without tarrying left the ship and their father and followed him.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues,
and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healed all manner of
sickness, and all manner diseases among the people. And his fame
spread abroad throughout all Syria. And they brought unto him all
sick people that were taken with divers diseases and gripings, and
them that were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic,
and those that had the palsy: and he healed them. And there followed
him a great number of people, from Galilee, and from the ten cities,
and from Jerusalem, and from Jewry, and from the regions that lie
When he saw the people he went up into a mountain, and when he
was set, his disciples came to him, and he opened his mouth, and
taught them saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is
the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall
be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the
earth. Blessed are they which hunger and thirst for righteousness:
for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall
obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children
of God. Blessed are they which suffer persecution for righteousness
sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men
revile you, and persecute you, and shall falsely say all manner of
evil sayings against you for my sake. Rejoice, and be glad, for
great is your reward in heaven. For so persecuted they the Prophets
which were before your days.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but and if the salt have lost her
saltiness, what can be salted therewith? It is from that time good
for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of
men. you are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill,
cannot be hid, neither do men light a candle and put it under a
bushel, but on a candlestick, and it lights all that are in the
house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the Prophets:
no I am not come to destroy them, but to fulfil them. For truly I
say unto you, till heaven and earth perish, one jot or one tittle of
the law shall not scape, till all be fulfilled.
Whosoever breaks one of these least commandments, and teaches
men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But
whosoever observes and teaches, the same shall be called great in
the kingdom of heaven.
For I say unto you, except your righteousness exceed, the
righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you cannot enter into
the kingdom of heaven.
Ye have heard how it was said unto them of the old time: You
shall not kill. For whosoever kills, shall be in danger of judgement.
But I say unto you, whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in
danger of judgement. Whosoever says unto his brother Raca, shall be
in danger of a council. But whosoever says you fool, shall be in
danger of hell fire. Raca: worthless: from the Hebrew
Therefore when thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there
remember that your brother hath *ought against you: leave there
thine offering before the altar, and go thy way first and be
reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way
with him, least that adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the
judge deliver thee to the minister, and then thou be cast into
prison. Verily I say unto thee: thou shall not come out from that
place, till you have paid the utmost *farthing.
You have heard how it was said to them of old time: You shall
not commit *advoutry. But I say unto you, that whosoever looks on a
wife, lusting after her, has committed advoutry with her already in
Wherefore if thy right eye offend thee, pluck him out, and cast
him from thee. Better it is for thee that one of your members
perish, than that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Also if
your right hand offend you, cut him off and cast him from you.
Better it is that one of your members perish, than that all your
body should be cast into hell.
It is said, whosoever put away his wife, let him give her a
testimonial also of the divorcement. But I say unto you: whosoever
put away his wife, (except it be for fornication) causeth her to
break matrimony. And whosoever marries her that is divorced, breaks
Again ye have heard how it was said to them of old time, you
shall not forswear thyself, but shall perform thine oath to God. But
I say unto you, swear not at all: neither by heaven, for it is Gods
seat: nor yet by the earth, for it is his footstool: neither by
Jerusalem, for it is the city of that great king: neither shall you
swear by your head, because you can not make one white hair, or
black: But your communication shall be, ye, ye: nay, nay. For
whatsoever is more than that, comes of evil.
Ye have heard how it is said, an eye for an eye: a tooth for a
tooth. But I say to you, that you resist not wrong. But whosoever
give you a blow on your right cheek, turn to him the other. And if
any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him
have your cloak also. And whosoever will compel you to go a mile, go
with him *twain. Give to him that asks, and from him that would
borrow turn not away.
Ye have heard how it is said: you shall love your neighbor,
and hate your enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies. Bless
them that curse you. Do good to them that hate you. Pray for them
which do you wrong and persecute you, that you may be the children
of your father that is in heaven: for he makes his sun to arise on
the evil, and on the good, and sends his rain on the just and
unjust. For if you love them, which love you: what reward shall you
have? Do not the *Publicans even so? And if you be friendly to your
brethren only: what singular thing do ye? Do not the Publicans
likewise? you shall therefore be perfect, even as your father which
is in heaven, is perfect.
(anything) *advoutry: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout:
devotion; plain hearted to God, being devoted to something or some
one else. see James 2 for adultery. *Raca: worthless: greatest
contempt from the Hebrew *farthing 1/4 penny from the English.
*twain (two). *Publicans: ones who worked for the Romans; collector
of taxes or tribute from the public.
Take heed to your alms, that you give it not in the sight of
men, to the intent that you would be seen of them. Or else you get
no reward of your father which is in heaven. Whensoever therefore
you give your alms, you shall not make a trumpet to be blown before
you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, for
to be praised of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
But when you do your alms, let not your left hand know, what your
right hand doth, that your alms may be secret: and your father which
sees in secret, shall reward you openly.
And when you prayest, you shall not be as the hypocrites are.
For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues, and in the
corners of the streets, because they would be seen of men. Verily I
say unto you, they have their reward. But when you prayest, enter
into your chamber, and shut your door to you, and pray to your
father which is in secret: and your father which sees in secret,
shall reward you openly.
And when you pray, babble not much, as the heathen do: for they
think that they shall be heard, for their much babblings sake. Be
you not like them therefore. For your father knows whereof you have
need, before you ask of him. After this manner therefore pray ye.
O' our father which are in heaven, hallowed be your name. Let
your kingdom come. your will be fulfilled, as well in earth, as it
is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our
trespasses, even as we forgive our trespassers. And lead us not into
temptation: but deliver us from evil. For your is the kingdom and
the power, and the glory for ever. Amen. For and if you shall
forgive other men their trespasses, your heavenly father shall also
forgive you. But and you will not forgive men their trespasses, no
more shall your father forgive your trespasses.
Moreover when you fast, be not sad as the hypocrites are. For
they disfigure their faces, that they might be seen of men how they
fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But you, when
you fastest, anoint your head, and wash your face, that it appear
not unto men how that you fastest: but unto your father which is in
secret: and your father which sees in secret, shall reward you
See that you gather you not treasure upon the earth, where rust
and m corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. But gather
you treasures to gether in heaven, where neither rust nor moths
corrupt, and where thieves neither break up nor yet steal. For where
soever your treasure is, there will your hearts be also.
The light of the body is your eye. Wherefore if your eye be
single, all body shall be full of light. But and if your eye be
wicked then all your body shall be full of darkness. Wherefore if
the light that is in you, be darkness: how great is that darkness.
No man can serve two masters. For either he shall hate the one
and love other: or else he shall lean to the one and despise the
other: you cannot serve God and *Mammon. Therefore I say unto you,
be not *careful for your life, what shall eat, or what you shall
drink, nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life
more worth than meat, and the body more of value then raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither reap, nor yet
carry the barns: and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you
not much better than they?
*Mammon: to serve for gain.
Which of you (though he took thought therefore) could put one
cubit unto his stature? And why care you then for raiment? Consider
the lilies of the field, how they grow. They labor not neither spin.
And yet for all that I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his
royalty was not arrayed like unto one these. Wherefore if God so
clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow shall be
cast into the furnace, shall he not much more do the same unto you,
O' you of little faith?
Therefore take no thought saying: what shall we eat, or what
shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed? After all these
things seek the gentiles. For your heavenly father knows that you
have need of all these things. But rather seek you first the kingdom
of heaven and the righteousness thereof, and all these things shall
be ministered unto you.
Care not then for the morrow, but let the morrow care for
itself: for the day present has ever enough of his own travail.
serve for gain. *careful: that is full of care.
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