4 1 “For indeed the day 2 is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant evildoers will be chaff. The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. “It 3 will not leave even a root or branch. 2 But for you who respect my name, the sun of vindication 4 will rise with healing wings, 5 and you will skip about 6 like calves released from the stall. 3 You will trample on the wicked, for they will be like ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the Lord who rules over all.
Restoration through the Lord
4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, to whom at Horeb 7 I gave rules and regulations for all Israel to obey. 8 5 Look, I will send you Elijah 9 the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord arrives. 6 He will encourage fathers and their children to return to me, 10 so that I will not come and strike the earth with judgment.” 11
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
1 This is the record of the genealogy 1 of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2 Abraham was the father 2 of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah (by Tamar), Perez 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 the father of Boaz (by Rahab), Boaz the father of Obed (by Ruth), Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of David the king.
David was the father of Solomon (by the wife of Uriah 3 ), 7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, 4 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, 5 Amon the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah 6 the father of Jeconiah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
12 After 7 the deportation to Babylon, Jeconiah became the father of Shealtiel, 8 Shealtiel 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 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, by whom 9 Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 10
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to Christ, 11 fourteen generations.
The Birth of Jesus Christ
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened this way. While his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they came together, 12 she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph, her husband to be, 13 was a righteous man, and because he did not want to disgrace her, he intended to divorce her 14 privately. 20 When he had contemplated this, an 15 angel of the Lord 16 appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son and you will name him 17 Jesus, 18 because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 This all happened so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet would be fulfilled: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call him 19 Emmanuel,” 20 which means 21 “God with us.” 22 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep he did what the angel of the Lord 23 told him. He took his wife, 25 but did not have marital relations 24 with her until she gave birth to a son, whom he named 25 Jesus.
The Visit of the Wise Men
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem 1 in Judea, in the time 2 of King Herod, 3 wise men 4 from the East came to Jerusalem 5 2 saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose 6 and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod 7 heard this he was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 After assembling all the chief priests and experts in the law, 8 he asked them where the Christ 9 was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they said, “for it is written this way by the prophet:
6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are in no way least among the rulers of Judah,
for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” 10
7 Then Herod 11 privately summoned the wise men and determined from them when the star had appeared. 8 He 12 sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and look carefully for the child. When you find him, inform me so that I can go and worship him as well.” 9 After listening to the king they left, and once again 13 the star they saw when it rose 14 led them until it stopped above the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star they shouted joyfully. 15 11 As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down 16 and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, 17 and myrrh. 18 12 After being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, 19 they went back by another route to their own country.
The Escape to Egypt
13 After they had gone, an 20 angel of the Lord 21 appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod 22 is going to look for the child to kill him.” 14 Then he got up, took the child and his mother during 23 the night, and went to Egypt. 15 He stayed there until Herod 24 died. In this way what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet was fulfilled: “I called my Son out of Egypt.” 25
16 When Herod 26 saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he became enraged. He sent men 27 to kill all the children in Bethlehem 28 and throughout the surrounding region from the age of two and under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men. 17 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:
18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud wailing, 29
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she did not want to be comforted, because they were 30 gone.” 31
The Return to Nazareth
19 After Herod 32 had died, an 33 angel of the Lord 34 appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” 21 So 35 he got up and took the child and his mother and returned to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus 36 was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, 37 he was afraid to go there. After being warned in a dream, he went to the regions of Galilee. 23 He came to a town called Nazareth 38 and lived there. Then what had been spoken by the prophets was fulfilled, that Jesus 39 would be called a Nazarene. 40