Matthew 1 : Easy-to-Read Version
The Family History of Jesus (Lk. 3:23b-38)
1 1This is the family history of Jesus Christ. He came from the family of David.* David came from the family of Abraham.* 2Abraham* was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob. Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers. 3Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah. (Their mother was Tamar.) Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram. 4Ram was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon. 5Salmon was the father of Boaz. (Boaz' mother was Rahab.) Boaz was the father of Obed. (Obed's mother was Ruth.) Obed was the father of Jesse. 6Jesse was the father of King David. David* was the father of Solomon. (Solomon's mother had been Uriah's wife.)
7Solomon was the father of Rehoboam. Rehoboam was the father of Abijah. Abijah was the father of Asa. 8Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat was the father of Jehoram. Jehoram was the father of Uzziah. 9Uzziah was the father of Jotham. Jotham was the father of Ahaz. Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah. 10Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh. Manasseh was the father of Amon. Amon was the father of Josiah. 11Josiah was the grandfather of Jehoiachin* and his brothers. (This was during the time that the [Jewish] people were taken to Babylon [to be slaves].)
12After they were taken to Babylon: Jehoiachin was the father of Shealtiel. Shealtiel was the grandfather of Zerubbabel. 13Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud. Abiud was the father of Eliakim. Eliakim was the father of Azor. 14Azor was the father of Zadok. Zadok was the father of Achim. Achim was the father of Eliud. 15Eliud was the father of Eleazar. Eleazar was the father of Matthan. Matthan was the father of Jacob. 16Jacob was the father of Joseph. Joseph was the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus. Jesus is called the Christ.*
17So there were fourteen generations from Abraham* to David.* And there were fourteen generations from David until the time when the people were taken to Babylon. And there were fourteen generations from the time when the people were taken to Babylon until Christ* was born.
The Birth of Jesus Christ (Lk. 2:1-7)
18The mother of Jesus Christ was Mary. And this is how the birth of Jesus happened. Mary was engaged to marry Joseph. But before they married, Mary learned that she was pregnant with a child. Mary was pregnant by [the power of] the Holy Spirit.*19Mary's husband, Joseph, was a good man. He did not want to bring shame to Mary before the people. So he planned to divorce her secretly. 20But after Joseph thought about this, an angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream. The angel said, "Joseph, son of David,*don't be afraid to accept Mary to be your wife. The baby that is in her is from the Holy Spirit.*21She will give birth to a son. You will name the son Jesus.*Give him that name because he will save his people from their sins." 22All this happened to make clear the full meaning of the things the Lord said through the prophet*: 23"The virgin*will be pregnant and will give birth to a son. They will name him Immanuel."*(Immanuel means, "God with us.") 24When Joseph woke up, he did the thing that the Lord's angel told him to do. Joseph married Mary. 25But Joseph had no sexual union with Mary until she gave birth to the son. And Joseph named the son Jesus.
David King of Israel about 1000 years before Christ. Abraham The most respected ancestor of the Jews. Jehoiachin Literally, "Jechoniah," another name for Jehoiachin. Christ The "anointed one" (Messiah) or chosen one of God. Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world. son of David Person from the family of David, second king of Israel, about 1000 years before Christ. Jesus The name Jesus means "salvation." prophet A person that spoke for God. Sometimes a prophet told things that would happen in the future. virgin A girl that is not married and has never had sexual relations. "The virgin ... Immanuel" Quote from Isa. 7:14.