1 The holy Gospel Of Jesus Christ, According To Matthew The Argument In this History written by Matthew , Mark, Luke, and John, the Spirit of God so governed their hearts, that although they were four in number, yet in effect and purpose they so consent, as though the whole had been composed by any one of them. And albeit in style and manner of writing they be divers, and sometime one writeth more largely that which the other doth abridge; nevertheless in matter and argument, they all tend to one end; which is to publish to the world the favor of God toward mankind through Christ Jesus , whom the father hath given as a pledge of his mercy and love.
2 And for this cause they entitle their story Gospel , which signifieth good tidings, for as such as God hath performed indeed that which the fathers hoped for. So that hereby we are admonished to forsake the world, and the vanities thereof, and with most affectioned hearts embrace this incomparable treasure freely offered unto us, for there is no joy nor consolation, no peace nor quietness, no felicity nor salvation, but in Jesus Christ, who is the very substance of this Gospel , and in whom all the promises are Yea, and Amen. And therefore under this word is contained the whole New Testament; but commonly we use this name for the history, which the four Evangelists write, containing Christ s coming in the flesh, his death, and resurrection, which is the perfect sum of our salvation.
3 Matthew , Mark, and Luke are more copious in describing his life and death; but John more laboreth to set forth his doctrine, wherein both Christ s office, and also the virtue of his death and resurrection more fully appear; for without this, to know that Christ was born, dead, and risen again, should nothing profit us. The which thing notwithstanding that the three first touch partly, as he also sometime intermeddled the historical narration, yet John chiefly is occupied herein. And therefore as a most learned interpreter writeth, they describe as it were, the body, and John setteth before our eyes the soul.
4 Wherefore the same aptly termeth the Gospel written by John, the key which openeth the door to the understanding of the others; for whosoever doth know the office, virtue and power of Christ, shall 1read that which is written of the Son of God come to be the Redeemer of the world, with most profit. Now as concerning the writers of this history, it is evident that Matthew was a Publican, or custom gatherer, and was chosen of Christ to be an Apostle. Mark is thought to have been Peter s disciple, and to have planted the first Church at Alexandria, where he died the eighth year of the reign of Nero. Luke was a Physician of Antioch, and became Paul s disciple, and fellow in all his travels; he lived fourscore and four years, and was buried at Constantinople, John was the Apostle whom the Lord loved, the son of Zebedee, and brother of James; he died threescore years after Christ, and was buried near to the city of Ephesus.
5 Matthew 3 Matthew 5 Matthew 7 Matthew 8 Matthew 10 Matthew 14 Matthew 17 Matthew 19 Matthew 22 Matthew 25 Matthew 28 Matthew 30 Matthew 34 Matthew 39 Matthew 41 Matthew 44 Matthew 47 Matthew 49 Matthew 52 Matthew 54 Matthew 57 Matthew 61 Matthew 64 Matthew 67 Matthew 71 Matthew 74 Matthew 80 Matthew 84 2 Matthew 1 1 The genealogies of Christ, that is, the Messiah promised to the fathers . 18 Who was conceived by the holy Ghost, and born of the virgin Mary, when she was betrothed unto Joseph. 20 The Angel satisfieth Joseph s mind 21 Why he is called Jesus , and wherefore Emanuel.
6 1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham. 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 Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon. 5 And Salmon begat Boaz of Rachab; and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse. 6 And Jesse begat David the King; and David the King Begat Solomon of her that was 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.
7 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 Jakim; and Jakim begat Jechonias and his brethren about the time they were carried away to Babylon. 12 And after they were carried away into Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel. 13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor. 3 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.
8 16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus , that is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations; and from David until they were carried away into Babylon, fourteen generations; and after they were carried away into Babylon until Christ, fourteen generations. 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was thus: When as his mother Mary was betrothed 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 secretly. 20 But whiles he thought these things, behold, the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, the son of David, fear not to take Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her, is of the holy Ghost.
9 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus , for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 And all this was done that it might be fulfilled, which is spoken of the Lord by the Prophet, saying. 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which is by interpretation, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep, did as the Angel of the Lord had enjoined him, and took his wife. 25 But he knew her not, till she had brought forth her firstborn son, and he called his name Jesus . 4 Matthew 2 1 The time and place of Christ s birth. 11 The Wisemen offer their presents.
10 14 Christ fleeth into Egypt. 16 The young children are slain. 23 Joseph turneth into Galilee. 1 When Jesus then was born at Bethlehem in Judea, in the days of Herod the King, behold, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is the King of the Jews that is born? For we have seen his star in the East, and are come to worship him. 3 When King Herod heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And gathering together all the chief Priests and Scribes of the people, he asked of them, where Christ should be born? 5 And they said unto him, At Bethlehem in Judea; for so it is written by the Prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem in the land of Judah, art not the least among the Princes of Judah; for out of thee shall come the governor that shall feed my people Israel.