Conception and Birth of Jesus

18 Now the birth of Jesus [a]Christ was as follows: when His (A)mother Mary had been [b]betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was (B)found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned [c](C)to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “(D)Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for [d]the Child who has been [e]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and (E)you shall call His name Jesus, for [f]He (F)will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this [g]took place to fulfill what was (G)spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 (H)Behold, the virgin shall be with (I)child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name [h]Immanuel,” which translated means, “(J)God with us.” 24 And Joseph [i]awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 [j]but kept her a virgin until she (K)gave birth to a Son; and (L)he called His name Jesus.

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  1. Matthew 1:18 I.e. The Messiah
  2. Matthew 1:18 The first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night, more legal than an engagement
  3. Matthew 1:19 Or to divorce her
  4. Matthew 1:20 Lit that which
  5. Matthew 1:20 Lit begotten
  6. Matthew 1:21 Lit He Himself
  7. Matthew 1:22 Lit has happened
  8. Matthew 1:23 Or Emmanuel
  9. Matthew 1:24 Lit got up
  10. Matthew 1:25 Lit and was not knowing her

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