CHRISTMAS-STORY BY MATTHEW
WEIHNACHTSGESCHICHTE NACH MATTHÄUS
The Genealogy of Jesus
1 A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ
the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father
4 Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother
was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the
father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam
the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat
the father of Jehoram, Jehoram 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, Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah
and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah
was the father of Shealtiel, 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 Akim, Akim 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, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17 Thus there were fourteen generations
in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to
Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. The Birth of Jesus
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ
came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but
before they came together, she was found to be with child through
the Holy Spirit.
19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous
man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind
to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an
angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph
son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because
what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21 She will give birth to a son, and you
are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from
22 All this took place to fulfill what
the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 "The virgin will be with child
and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"
--which means, "God with us."
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the
angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
25 But he had no union with her until
she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
The Visit of the Magi
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in
Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to
2 and asked, "Where is the one who
has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have
come to worship him."
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed,
and all Jerusalem with him.
4 When he had called together all the
people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where
the Christ was to be born.
5 "In Bethlehem in Judea," they
replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:
6 " 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'"
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly
and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.
8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
"Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find
him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
9 After they had heard the king, they
went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead
of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
11 On coming to the house, they saw the
child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.
Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold
and of incense and of myrrh.
12 And having been warned in a dream not
to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
The Escape to Egypt
13 When they had gone, an angel of the
Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take
the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell
you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."
14 So he got up, took the child and his
mother during the night and left for Egypt,
15 where he stayed until the death of
Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet:
"Out of Egypt I called my son."
16 When Herod realized that he had been
outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill
all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old
and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
17 Then what was said through the prophet
Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18 "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping
and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to
be comforted, because they are no more."
The Return to Nazareth
19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord
appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt
20 and said, "Get up, take the child
and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying
to take the child's life are dead."
21 So he got up, took the child and his
mother and went to the land of Israel.
22 But when he heard that Archelaus was
reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go
there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district
23 and he went and lived in a town called
Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He
will be called a Nazarene."