The Birth of Jesus Christ

18 Now the birth of (A)Jesus Christ[a] took place in this way. (B)When his mother Mary had been betrothed[b] to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child (C)from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling (D)to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, (E)an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and (F)you shall call his name Jesus, (G)for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 (H)All this took place (I)to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

23 (J)“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall call his name (K)Immanuel”

(which means, God (L)with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And (M)he called his name Jesus.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 1:18 Some manuscripts of the Christ
  2. Matthew 1:18 That is, legally pledged to be married

Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month the angel (A)Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named (B)Nazareth, 27 (C)to a virgin betrothed[a] to a man whose name was Joseph, (D)of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, (E)O favored one, (F)the Lord is with you!”[b] 29 But (G)she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for (H)you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, (I)you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and (J)you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of (K)the Most High. And the Lord God (L)will give to him the throne of (M)his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob (N)forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”[c]

35 And the angel answered her, (O)“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of (P)the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born[d] will be called (Q)holy—(R)the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her (S)who was called barren. 37 For (T)nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant[e] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And (U)the angel departed from her.

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 1:27 That is, legally pledged to be married
  2. Luke 1:28 Some manuscripts add Blessed are you among women!
  3. Luke 1:34 Greek since I do not know a man
  4. Luke 1:35 Some manuscripts add of you
  5. Luke 1:38 Greek bondservant; also verse 48

28 Thomas answered him, (A)“My Lord and my God!”

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To them belong (A)the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, (B)who is God over all, (C)blessed forever. Amen.

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21 (A)For our sake he made him to be sin (B)who knew no sin, so that in him we might become (C)the righteousness of God.

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21 For (A)to this you have been called, (B)because Christ also suffered for you, (C)leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 (D)He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 (E)When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, (F)but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

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The Purpose of This Book

30 (A)Now Jesus did many other signs (B)in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 (C)but these are written so that you may (D)believe that Jesus is the Christ, (E)the Son of God, and that by believing (F)you may have life (G)in his name.

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(A)even as he (B)chose us in him (C)before the foundation of the world, that we should be (D)holy and blameless before him. In love

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11 and said, (A)“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, (B)will (C)come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

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For (A)while we were still weak, at the right time (B)Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but (C)God shows his love for us in that (D)while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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We know that (A)Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; (B)death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, (C)once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.

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25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost[a] (A)those who draw near to God (B)through him, since he always lives (C)to make intercession for them.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 7:25 That is, completely; or at all times

28 so Christ, having been offered once (A)to bear the sins of (B)many, will appear (C)a second time, (D)not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly (E)waiting for him.

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16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:

(A)He[a] was manifested in the flesh,
    vindicated[b] by the Spirit,[c]
        (B)seen by angels,
(C)proclaimed among the nations,
    (D)believed on in the world,
        (E)taken up in glory.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 3:16 Greek Who; some manuscripts God; others Which
  2. 1 Timothy 3:16 Or justified
  3. 1 Timothy 3:16 Or vindicated in spirit

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