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Revelation to Joseph

Geneva Notes/ Commentary on St. Matthew 1:18-25

From the Geneva Notes

Mt 1:18
1:18 Now the birth of (2) Jesus Christ was thus: His mother,
Mary, that is, having been betrothed to Joseph, before they
came together, she was found to be with child of [the] Holy

(2) Christ is the true Emmanuel, and therefore, Jesus (that is,
Saviour) is conceived in the virgin by the Holy Spirit, as
foretold by the prophets.

Mt 1:20
1:20 but while he pondered on these things, behold, an angel of
[the] Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son
of David, fear not to {f} take to [thee] Mary, thy {g}
wife, for that which is {h} begotten in her is of [the]
Holy Spirit.

(f) Receive her from her parents and kinsfolks hands.
(g) Who was promised, and made sure to you to be your wife.
(h) Of the mother's substance by the Holy Spirit.

Mt 1:21
1:21 And she shall bring forth (3) a son, and thou shalt call
his name JESUS: for he shall save {i} his people from their

(3) Christ is born of the same virgin who never knew a man: and is
named Jesus by God himself through the angel.
(i) Save, and this shows us the meaning of the name Jesus.

Mt 1:23
1:23 Behold, a {k} virgin shall be with child, and shall bring
forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which
being interpreted is, God with us.

(k) There is an article added in the Hebrew and Greek text,
to point out the woman and set her forth plainly: as
we would say, the virgin, or a certain virgin.

Mt 1:25
1:25 And knew her not {l} till she had brought forth her
firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

(l) The word "till", in the Hebrew language, gives us to
understand that a thing will not come to pass in time
to come: as Michal had no children "till" her death
day, 2Sa 6:23. And in the last chapter of this
evangelist: Behold, I am with you "till" the end of the

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