Matthew 1

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1 THE book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:

2 Abraham begot Isaac. And Isaac begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Judas and his brethren.

3 And Judas begot Phares and Zara of Thamar. And Phares begot Esron. And Esron begot Aram.

4 And Aram begot Aminadab. And Aminadab begot Naasson. And Naasson begot Salmon.

5 And Salmon begot Booz of Rahab. And Booz begot Obed of Ruth. And Obed begot Jesse.

6 And Jesse begot David the king. And David the king begot Solomon, of her that had been the wife of Urias.

7 And Solomon begot Roboam. And Roboam begot Abia. And Abia begot Asa.

8 And Asa begot Josaphat. And Josaphat begot Joram. And Joram begot Ozias.

9 And Ozias begot Joatham. And Joatham begot Achaz. And Achaz begot Ezechias.

10 And Ezechias begot Manasses. And Manesses begot Amon. And Amon begot Josias.

11 And Josias begot Jechonias and his brethren in the transmigration of Babylon.

12 And after the transmigration of Babylon, Jechonias begot Salathiel. And Salathiel begot Zorobabel.

13 And Zorobabel begot Abiud. And Abiud begot Eliacim. And Eliacim begot Azor.

14 And Azor begot Sadoc. And Sadoc begot Achim. And Achim begot Eliud.

15 And Eliud begot Eleazar. And Eleazar begot Mathan. And Mathan begot Jacob.

16 And Jacob begot 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 to the transmigration of Babylon, are fourteen generations: and from the transmigration of Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations.

18 Now the generation of Christ was in 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 Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.

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

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 Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying:

23 Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24 And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife.

25 And he knew her not till she brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

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Explanation of Matthew 1      

By Rev. John Clowes M.A.

Verse 1. That the Word throughout treats of the spiritual productions of faith and love derived from the Lord.

Verses 2-17. These productions are enumerated under various names expressive of their qualities;

Verses 2-6. And may be reduced to three classes; the first of which is celestial;

Verses 7-12. and the second spiritual;

Verses 12-16. and the third natural;

Verse 17. all of which are most holy.

Verse 18. That the Lord, as to His Human essence, was conceived from the Divine, in the mother Mary, who thus represented the church as to good, about to be conjoined to its proper truth.

Verse 19. That the truth of the church could not comprehend this, and was about to separate itself from its good;

Verses 20-21. Until instructed in its obscure state from the Word, teaching that the Lord would assume the Human essence, as a means of rescuing man from hell;

Verses 22-23. As had been predicted

Verse 24. Thus illumination succeeds, and the conjunction of good and truth in the church;

Verse 25. And all salvation is acknowledged to be from the Lord's Divine Humanity.

From Swedenborg's Works

Förklaring (er) eller referenser från Swedenborgs verk:

Arcana Coelestia 1925, 9809, 10154, 10819

Apocalypse Revealed 613, 962

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 120

Doctrine of the Lord 6, 19, 21, 29

True Christian Religion 82, 140, 188, 683

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 284


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 619, 815, 852, 1069, 1104

On the Athanasian Creed 30, 45, 46

De Domino 38

Justification 0

Marriage 82

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 4, 9, 12, 14, 29, 30, ...

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christ
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isaac
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Jacob
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Phares
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fourteen
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ghost
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just
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Put
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angel
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name
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save
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might
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fulfilled
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spoke
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