O Livro

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A genealogia de Jesus Cristo

1São estes os antepassados de Jesus Cristo, descendente do rei David e de Abraão:

2/6 Os descendentes de Abraão foram sucessivamente Isaque, Jacob, Judá mais os irmãos deste. Judá foi pai de Peres e de Zera. (Tamar foi a mãe de ambos.) Depois de Peres vieram Hezrom, Rão, Aminadabe, Nassom, Salmom, Boaz (cuja mãe foi Raabe), Obede (que teve por mãe Rute), Jessé, e o rei David.

A seguir a David os descendentes foram Salomão (cuja mãe tinha sido mulher de Urias), 7/11 Reboão, Abias, Asa, Jeosafá, Jorão, Uzias, Jotão, Acaz, Ezequias, Manassés, Amom, Josias, Jeconias e seus irmãos (que nasceram quando os judeus foram deportados para Babilónia).

12/16 Depois desse exílio, a linha de descendência continuou sucessivamente com Jeconias, Salatiel, Zorobabel, Abiude, Eliaquim, Azor, Zadoque, Jaquim, Eliude, Eleazar, Matã, Jacob e por fim José, marido de Maria, mãe de Jesus Cristo, o Messias.

17 São catorze gerações desde Abraão até ao rei David; catorze desde o tempo do rei David até ao exílio em Babilónia; e catorze do exílio até Cristo.

O nascimento de Jesus

18 Eis o que se passou antes do nascimento de Jesus Cristo: Maria, sua mãe, estava noiva de José, mas, embora fosse ainda virgem, ficou grávida, pelo Espírito Santo. 19 Então José, seu noivo, homem de princípios, decidiu pôr termo à promessa de casamento, querendo, porém, fazê­lo de tal modo que ela não ficasse com má fama entre o povo.

20/22 Estando ele a pensar no caso, teve um sonho no qual via um anjo de pé, ao seu lado, dizendo­lhe: “José, filho de David, não tenhas medo de aceitar Maria como tua mulher! A criança que ela traz no ventre foi gerada pelo Espírito Santo. Ela terá um filho a quem porás o nome de Jesus, porque ele salvará o seu povo dos seus pecados.” Assim se cumpriu a mensagem de Deus através dos seus profetas:

23     “Uma virgem conceberá, e dará à luz um filho
    e ser­lhe­á posto o nome de Emanuel.”

Emanuel quer dizer: Deus está connosco.

24/25 Quando acordou, José fez o que o anjo lhe mandara e levou Maria para casa como sua mulher. Mas ela continuou virgem até nascer o seu filho. José pôs­lhe o nome de Jesus.

The Message

Matthew 1

1The family tree of Jesus Christ, David’s son, Abraham’s son:

2-6 Abraham had Isaac,
Isaac had Jacob,
Jacob had Judah and his brothers,
Judah had Perez and Zerah (the mother was Tamar),
Perez had Hezron,
Hezron had Aram,
Aram had Amminadab,
Amminadab had Nahshon,
Nahshon had Salmon,
Salmon had Boaz (his mother was Rahab),
Boaz had Obed (Ruth was the mother),
Obed had Jesse,
Jesse had David,
    and David became king.

6-11 David had Solomon (Uriah’s wife was the mother),
Solomon had Rehoboam,
Rehoboam had Abijah,
Abijah had Asa,
Asa had Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat had Joram,
Joram had Uzziah,
Uzziah had Jotham,
Jotham had Ahaz,
Ahaz had Hezekiah,
Hezekiah had Manasseh,
Manasseh had Amon,
Amon had Josiah,
Josiah had Jehoiachin and his brothers,
    and then the people were taken into the Babylonian exile.

12-16 When the Babylonian exile ended,

Jeconiah had Shealtiel,
Shealtiel had Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel had Abiud,
Abiud had Eliakim,
Eliakim had Azor,
Azor had Zadok,
Zadok had Achim,
Achim had Eliud,
Eliud had Eleazar,
Eleazar had Matthan,
Matthan had Jacob,
Jacob had Joseph, Mary’s husband,
    the Mary who gave birth to Jesus,
    the Jesus who was called Christ.

17 There were fourteen generations from Abraham to David,
    another fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile,
    and yet another fourteen from the Babylonian exile to Christ.

The Birth of Jesus

18-19 The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.

20-23 While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—‘God saves’—because he will save his people from their sins.” This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term:

Watch for this—a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son;
They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).

24-25 Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.