Matthew Chapter 1 - Ferrar Fenton Translation

The Genealogy of Jesus

The record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judah and his brothers; and Judah begat Phares and Zarah by Thamar; and Phares begat Hesrom; and Hesrom begat Aram; and Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon; and Salmon begat Boez by Rahab; and Boez beget Obed by Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; and Jesse begat David the king.

David the king begat Solomon by the widow of Uriah; and Solomon begat Rehoboam; and Rehoboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asaph; and Asaph begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Oziah; and Oziah begat Jotham; and Jotham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Hezekiah; and Hezekiah begat Manasseh; and Manasseh begat Amos; and Amos begat Josiah; and Josiah begat Jechoniah and his brothers, about the time of the transportation into Babylon.

And after the transportation into Babylon, Jechoniah begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel; and Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; and Azor begat Sadok; and Sadok begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud; and Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Mathan; and Mathan begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Joseph, the husband of Mary; from her was born Jesus, the Appointed MESSIAH.1

The Birth of Jesus

However, the origin of Jesus the Messiah was thus: Mary, His mother, was promised in marriage to Joseph; but before their union, she was found to have conceived from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, however, was a righteous man; and not wishing to degrade her, felt inclined to divorce her privately. But while reflecting about it, he saw a messenger from the Lord appear to him during a vision, saying:

"Joseph, son of David, you need not be afraid to accept your wife Mary; for what is conceived in her was produced by the Holy Spirit. And she will give birth to a Son, and you shall name Him JESUS; for He will save His people from their sins."

Now all this took place so that the statement of the Lord, as recorded by His prophet, might be fulfilled:




which, when translated, means, THE GOD AMONG US.

Then Joseph, having awakened from his sleep, did as the messenger of the Lord commanded him, and accepted his wife; but kept apart from her until she had given birth to her Son: and he named Him JESUS.


  1. Daniel 9:25
  2. Isaiah 7:14