MATTHEW 1:18

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”

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Matthew 1:18 Translation & Meaning

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Now δὲ But, and, etc Now
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
birth γέννησις Nativity birth
of Jesus Ἰησοῦ Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites Jesus
Christ Χριστοῦ Anointed, i.e., the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus Christ
was ἦν· I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) was
on this wise: οὕτως In this way (referring to what precedes or follows) wise
When as γὰρ Properly, assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles) When as
his αὐτοῦ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons his
mother μητρὸς A "mother" (literally or figuratively, immediate or remote) mother
Mary Μαρίας Maria or Mariam (i.e., Mirjam), the name of six Christian females Mary
was espoused Μνηστευθείσης To give a souvenir (betrothal present), i.e., betroth espoused
to τῷ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) to
Joseph, Ἰωσήφ, Joseph, the name of seven Israelites Joseph
before πρὶν Before before
they αὐτοὺς, The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons they
came Disjunctive, or; comparative, than came
together, συνελθεῖν To convene, depart in company with, associate with, or (specially), cohabit (conjugally) together
she was found εὑρέθη To find (literally or figuratively) found
with ἔχουσα To hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession; ability, contiuity, relation, or condition) with
child γαστρὶ The stomach; by analogy, the matrix; figuratively, a gourmand child
of ἐκ A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause literal or figurative; direct or remote) of
the Πνεύματος A current of air, i.e., breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e., (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit the
Holy ἁγίου Sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated) Holy
Ghost. Πνεύματος A current of air, i.e., breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively, a spirit, i.e., (human) the rational soul, (by implication) vital principle, mental disposition, etc., or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ's spirit, the Holy Spirit Ghost

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  • 16  And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

  • 17  So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

  • 18  Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

  • 19  Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

  • 20  But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.




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