The Family Tree of Yeshua, the Christ
1[1-17] This is the book of the family tree of Yeshua the Christ, who was the descendent of David, who was the descendent of Abraham. Abraham had Isaac; and Isaac had Jacob; and Jacob had Judah and his siblings; And Judah had Perez and Zerah by Tamar; and Perez had Hezron; and Hezron had Aram; And Aram had Aminadab; and Aminadab had Nahshon; and Nahshon had Salmon; And Salmon had Boaz by Rahab; and Boaz had Obed by Ruth; and Obed had Jesse; And Jesse had David, the ruler of Israel; and David had Solomon by the widow of Urias; And Solomon had Rehoboam; and Rehoboam had Abijah; and Abijah had Asa; And Asa had Jehoshaphat; and Jehoshaphat had Joram; and Joram had Uzziah; And Uzziah had Jotham; and Jotham had Ahaz; and Ahaz had Hezekiah; And Hezekiah had Manasseh; and Manasseh had Amon; and Amon had Josiah; And Josiah had Jechoniah and his siblings, about the time they were taken captive and carried away to Babylon: And after they were brought there, Jechoniah had Shealtiel; and Shealtiel had Zerubbabel; And Zerubbabel had Abiud; and Abiud had Eliakim; and Eliakim had Azor; And Azor had Zadoc; and Zadoc had Achim; and Achim had Eliud; And Eliud had Eleazar; and Eleazar had Matthan; and Matthan had Jacob; And Jacob had Joseph, the husband of Mary, who gave birth to Yeshua, who is called the Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations; and from David until the Babylonian captivity were fourteen generations; and from the Babylonian captivity until Christ were fourteen generations.
The Conception and Birth of Jesus
[18-25] Now this is how the birth of Yeshua, the Christ happened: When Mary, the mother of the Christ, was engaged to Joseph, she became pregnant with the Child of the Holy Spirit before they were married. Then Joseph, her future husband being a good person, and not willing to make a public example out of her, was thinking about secretly breaking the engagement. But while he thought about it, the angel of God appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, descendent of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife because her baby was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a child, and you’re to call the Child’s name Yeshua because this child will save God’s people from their sins. Now all this happened, so that what was spoken of by the great preacher of God would happen, who said, a young girl who has never had sexual relations will become pregnant, and will have a child, and they’ll call the Child’s name Immanuel, which means, God is with us. Then Joseph, being awakened from sleep, did as the angel of God had told him, and took Mary in marriage, but didn’t have sexual relations with her until after she had given birth to her first child: and Joseph called the Child’s name Yeshua, which means God saves.
The Astronomers and Herod
2[1-10] Now when Yeshua was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days when Herod ruled, three astronomers came from the east to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the One that was born to be Ruler of the Jews? We’ve seen a new star in the east, and have come to worship the new Ruler.” So when Herod, who was then ruling, heard this, he was very uneasy, and all the people of Jerusalem, as well. So he gathered all the leading priests and the religious leaders together, and asked them where the Christ was to have been born. And they told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea because the Word says by the great preacher, and you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, aren’t the least among the royalty of Judah because a Governor will come from you, to rule My people Israel.” Then Herod, who had called the astronomers in secret, cautiously asked them about what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search carefully for the young Child; and when you’ve found the Child, come and tell me, so that I can come and show my respect also.” So when they had heard what Herod said, they left; and the star, which they saw in the east, moved in front of them, till it came and stood over the place where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they were greatly overjoyed.
The Astronomers with Yeshua
[11-12] And when they had come into the house, they saw Mary with the young Child and bowed down, and worshipped the Child: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented to them gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back another way to their own country.
Escape into Egypt
[13-15] And when they had left, the angel of Yahweh appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up, and take the young Child and Mary, and run away into Egypt, and stay there until I bring word because Herod will try to kill the Child.” And when they got up, he took them by night, and escaped into Egypt, staying there until the death of Herod, so that the Words which was spoken of God by the great preacher would happen, which says, “I’ve called my Child out of Egypt.”
Herod Kills the children
[16-18] Then Herod, who saw that he had been tricked by the astronomers, was very angry, and sent guards to kill all the male children two years old and under in Bethlehem, and the surrounding areas, according to the time which the Astronomers had told him of it. Then what was spoken of by Jeremiah, the great preacher, happened, who said, “In Rama, near Bethlehem, a voice of great grief was heard, with screaming and crying, Rachel crying for her children, who wouldn’t be comforted, because they were dead.”
[19-23] But when Herod was dead, an angel of God appeared to Joseph in a dream, while in Egypt, saying, “Get up and take the young Child and Mary, and go back to the land of Israel because the ones who wanted to kill the young Child are dead now.” So Joseph got up, and took them back into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus ruled in Judea in place of his father Herod, they were afraid to go there: So, being warned of God in another dream, they turned aside into the country of Galilee: And they came and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that it would happen which was spoken by the great preachers, “The Child will be called a Nazarene.”
John the Baptist
3[1-12] Now in those days, John the Baptist came preaching in the countryside of Judea, saying, “Change your evil ways, because the realm of heaven is about to come.” I am the one that was spoken of by the great preacher Isaiah, saying, “The voice of one hollering out in the countryside will clear the way for Yahweh God, making the way plain.” And John had clothing of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around the waist; and ate locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem went out to him, along with all Judea, and the whole countryside around Jordan, and were baptized by him in the Jordan River, admitting all their sins. But when John saw many people from the religious sects coming to be baptized, he said, “You snakes!” Who warned you to escape from the coming judgment? If so, don’t just say you’re sorry, change your evil ways: And don’t think to yourselves, Abraham is our ancestor because I tell you, that God is able to create more children for Abraham even from these stones. Now the axe is laid to the root of the trees: so every tree which doesn’t make good fruit will be cut down, and put into the fire. I baptize you with water as a symbol of your changed life: but the One that comes after me is greater than I, whose shoes I’m not even worthy to carry: The Christ will baptize you with the fire of the Holy Spirit: Who holds the separating fan, and will carefully clear the floor, gathering the wheat into the storage room; but burning up the waste with a great fire.
John Baptizes the Christ
[13-17] Then Yeshua came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized. But at first John refused, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and here you are coming to me?” But Yeshua said, “Do it this way now because it’s right to do it this way.” Then John baptized Yeshua. And when Yeshua was baptized, coming straight up out of the water, John saw the heavens open up, and the Spirit of God coming down like a dove, and landing on Yeshua: And a voice from heaven, said, “This is My Child, who I love and am so pleased with.”