1 [This is] a record of the family background of Jesus Christ, the descendant of David, who was the descendant of Abraham. [Note: The following is an incomplete lineage through Jesus' step-father Joseph].
2 Abraham had a son named Isaac; Isaac had a son named Jacob and Jacob's sons were Judah and his [eleven] brothers. 3 Judah had sons named Perez and Zarah, [whose mother was] Tamar. Perez had a son named Hezron; Hezron had a son named Aram; 4 Aram had a son named Amminadab; Amminadab had a son named Nahshon; Nahshon had a son named Salmon; 5 Salmon had a son named Boaz [whose mother was] Rahab; Boaz had a son named Obed [whose mother was] Ruth; Obed had a son named Jesse, 6 and Jesse had a son named David [who became] king [of Israel].David had a son named Solomon [whose mother was Bathsheba, the wife] of Uriah;
7 Solomon had a son named Rehoboam; Rehoboam had a son named Abijah; Abijah had a son named Asa; 8 Asa had a son named Jehoshaphat; Jehoshaphat had a son named Joram; Joram had a son named Uzziah; 9 Uzziah had a descendant named Jotham; Jotham had a son named Ahaz; Ahaz had a son named Hezekiah; 10 Hezekiah had a son named Manasseh; Manasseh had a son named Amon; Amon had a son named Josiah; 11 Josiah had descendants named Jechoniah and his brothers, [near] the time when [the people of Judah] were taken away to Babylon.
12 After the people [of Judah] were taken away to Babylon, Jeconiah had a son named Shealtiel; Shealtiel had a son named Zerubbabel; 13 Zerubbabel had a son named Abiud; Abiud had a son named Eliakim; Eliakim had a son named Azor; 14 Azor had a son named Sadoc; Sadoc had a son named Achim; Achim had a son named Eliud; 15 Eliud had a son named Eleazar; Eleazar had a son named Matthan; Matthan had a son named Jacob; 16 Jacob had a son named Joseph, who was the husband of Mary. Mary [alone] was the mother of Jesus, who is called the Christ.
17 So, all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen; from [the time of] King David to the people [of Judah] being taken away to Babylon were [approximately] fourteen generations and from [Judah] being taken away to Babylon to [the time of] Christ were [approximately] fourteen generations.
18 Now the birth of Christ happened this way: When His mother Mary was engaged to marry Joseph, [but] before they had a sexual relationship, she was discovered to be pregnant by [the power of] the Holy Spirit. 19 Now Joseph, her husband [to be], being a man who did what was right, and not wanting to make a public spectacle out of her, decided to break off their engagement privately.
20 But while he was thinking about the matter, [suddenly] an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream [i.e., a supernatural revelation given during sleep], saying, "Joseph, you descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary to be your wife, for the baby she is carrying is by [the power of] the Holy Spirit. 21 She is going to have a son and you should name Him Jesus, for He is the One who will save His people from their sins."
22 Now all this happened in order to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet [Isaiah 7:14], saying,
23 "Look, the virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and they will name Him Immanuel," which means "God with us."
24 Then Joseph woke up from his sleep and did what the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary to be his wife. 25 [But] he did not have sexual relations with her until [after] she had a son, whom he named Jesus.