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Matthew 1:18-25 American Standard Version (ASV)

18 Now the [a]birth [b]of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is [c]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she shall bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for it is he that shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying,

23 [d]Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,
And they shall call his name [e]Immanuel;

which is, being interpreted, God with us. 24 And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took unto him his wife; 25 and knew her not till she had brought forth a son: and he called his name Jesus.


  1. Matthew 1:18 Or, generation: as in verse 1.
  2. Matthew 1:18 Some ancient authorities read of the Christ.
  3. Matthew 1:20 Greek begotten.
  4. Matthew 1:23 Isa. 7:14.
  5. Matthew 1:23 Greek Emmanuel.

Luke 2:1-7 American Standard Version (ASV)

Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all [a]the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to enrol themselves, every one to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; to enrol himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child. And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.


  1. Luke 2:1 Greek the inhabited earth.

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