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are compelled to acknowledge, that, before Luke and Mark wrote their Gospels, there existed an early Greek translation. of Matthew's Gospel; which those evangelists consulted.

It is highly probable that in addition to his Greek Gospel, Matthew published also a Hebrew Gospel for the benefit of the Hebrews, or converts from Judaism, who used the vernacular language of Palestine. If this be admitted, it will easily account for the whole controversy, and will tend to set the question at rest.


The genealogy of Christ from Abraham to Joseph. 18 He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary when she was espoused to Joseph. 19 The angel satisfieth the misdeeming thoughts of Joseph, and interpreteth the names of Christ.

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THE book of the 'generation' of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

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a LUKE, iii. 23, &c: And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, &c.

b Ps. cxxxii. 11: The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David, he will not turn from it, Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. ISA. xi. 1: And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. JER. xxiii. 5: Behold, the days come saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. MAT. xxii. 42: What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he? They say unto him, the son of David. JOHN, vii. 42: Hath not the Scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? ACTs, ii. 30: Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne. do. xiii. 23: Of this man's seed hath God, according to his promise, raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus. ROM. i. 3: Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.

C GEN. xii. 3: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. do. xxii. 18: And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. GAL. iii. 16: Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to

2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and 'Jacob begat Judas and his brethren; 3 And Judas begat 'Phares and Zara of Thamar; and "Phares begat Esrom; and 'Esrom begat Aram;


4 And Aram begat Aminidab; and Aminidab begat Naasson; and 'Naasson begat Salmon;

5 And "Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and "Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse ;

seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

d GEN. xxi. 2, 3: Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age. And Abraham called the name of his son, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac.

e GEN. XXV. 26: After that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel, and his name was called Jacob: And Isaac was threescore years old when she [Rebekah] bare them.

GEN. xxix. 35: And she [Leah] conceived again, and bare a son, and she said, now will I praise the LORD; therefore she called his name Judah, and left bearing.

8 GEN. xxxviii. 27: It came to pass in the time of her [Tamar's] travail, that behold twins were in her womb.

RUTH, iv. 18, &c: Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, &c. 1 CHR. ii. 5, 9, &c: The sons of Pharez; Hezron and Hamul. The sons of Hezron that were born unto him, Jerameel, and Ram, and Chelubai.

RUTH, iv. 19: And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab.

KNUM. i. 7: Of Judah; Nahshon the son of Amminadab. 1 CHR. ii. 10: And Ram begat Amminadab; and Amminadab begat Nahshon, prince of the children of Judah.

RUTH, iv. 20 And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon.

m Jos. vi. 25: And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot, alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. RUTH, iv. 21: And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed.


RUTH, iv. 13: So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife : and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son.

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14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;

15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

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.

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18 Now the birth of Jesus fore the common ac- Christ was on this wise: When as count called Anno 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 public example, was minded 'to put her away privily.

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* LUKE, i. 26, 27: The angel Gabriel was sent from God, to a virgin espoused to a man, whose name was Joseph of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

* LUKE, i. 35: And the angel answered and said unto her, the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

y DEUT. xxiv. 1: When a man hath taken a wife and married her, and it come to pass, that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it her in her hand, and send her out of his house. do. xxii. 23, 24: If a. damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city and lie with her, then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of the city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die.

6 And Jesse begat David the king; and "David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias



7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;

8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;

9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;

10 And 'Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias ;

11 And Josias begat Jechonias2 and his brethren3 about the time they were 'carried away to Babylon :

12 And after they were brought to Babylon, "Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat "Zorobabel;

13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;

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° 1 SAM.xvi. 1: Fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite; for I have provided me a king among his sons. do. xvii. 12: Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem-Judah, whose name was Jesse.

P2 SAM. xii. 24: David comforted Bath-sheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon; and the LORD loved him.

91 CHR. iii. 10, &c: And Solomon's son was Rehoboam, Abia his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son.


2 KINGS, XX. 21: Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and Manasseh his son reigned in his stead. 1 CHR. iii. 13: Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son.


Or, Jehoiakim. See 1 CHR. iii. 15, 16.

See 2 KINGS, xxiv. 14, 15, 16. do. xxv. 11. 2 CHR. XXXVI. 10, 20. JER. Xxvii. 20. do. xxxix. 9. do. lii. 11, 15, 28, 29, 30. DAN. i. 2.

u 1 CHR. iii. 16, 17: The sons of Jehoiakim; Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son. And the sons of Jeconiah; Assir, Salathiel his son.

▾ See EZRA, iii. 2. do. v. 2. NEH. xii. 1. HAG. i. 1.

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