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The GOSPEL according to St. MATTHEW.


The Genealogy of Christ.
HE 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 Manasses 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,

Ver. 11. In the transmigration. That is, about the time they were carried away captives to Babylon.

Ver. 16. The husband of Mary. The Evangelist gives us rather the pedigree of St. Joseph, than that of the blessed Virgin, to conform to the custom of the Hebrews, who in their genealogies took no notice of women; but as they were near a-kin, the pedigree of the one sheweth that of the other

which being interpreted is, God east, went before them, until it with us. came and stood over where the

24 And Joseph rising up from child was. sleep, did as the angel of the Lord 10 And seeing the star, they rehad commanded him, and took joiced with exceeding great joy.

unto him his wife.

25 And he knew her not till she brought forth her first-born Son and he called his name JESUS. CHAP. II.

The offerings of the wise men. when JESUS was born in NOW Bethlehem of Juda, in the days of King Herod, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2 Saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to adore him.

3 And King Herod hearing this, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.


4 And assembling together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born.

5 But they said to him: In Bethlehem of Juda. For so it is written by the prophet:

6 And thou Bethlehem the land of Juda art not the least among the princes of Juda; for out of thee shall come forth the Ruler that shall rule my people Israel.

11 And entering into the house, they found the child with MARY his mother, and falling down they adored him: and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 And having received an answer in sleep that they should not return to Herod, they went back another way into their country.

13 And after they were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt, and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod' will seek the child to destroy him.

14 Who arose, and took the child and his mother by night, and retired into Egypt: and he was there until the death of Herod:

15 That it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: Out of Egypt have I called my Son.

16 Then Herod perceiving that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceeding angry; and sending, killed all the men-children that were 7 Then Herod, privately calling in Bethlehem, and in all the borders the wise men, learned diligently of thereof, from two years old and unthem the time of the star which ap- der, according to the time which peared to them; he had diligently inquired of the

8 And sending them into Beth-wise men. lehem, said; Go and diligently in- 17 Then was fulfilled that which quire after the child and when was spoken by Jeremias the proyou have found him, bring me word phet, saying: again, that I also may come and 18 A voice in Rama was heard, adore him. lamentation and great_mourning = Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted because they are not."

9 Who having heard the king, went their way; and behold the star which they had seen in the

Ver. 25. Till-first-born. This is a mode of speech common among the Hebrews; and only assures us that our blessed Lady was a virgin when she brought forth her son; which is the great point the Evangelist has here in view; without alluding to any subsequent ma ter. But by apostolical tradition we are assured, that she always remained a virgin.

19 But when Herod was dead, I 8 Bring forth therefore fruit wor behold, an angel of the Lord ap- thy of penance. peared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel. For they are dead that sought the life of the child.

21 Who arose, and took the child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham for our father. For I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.

10 For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doth not yield good fruit shall be cut down, and cast into the fire.

22 But hearing that Archelaus 11 I indeed baptize you in wareigned in Judea in the room of ter unto penance, but he that shall Herod his father, he was afraid to come after me, is mightier than I, go thither: and being warned in whose shoes I am not worthy to sleep retired into the quarters of bear; he shall baptize you in the Galilee. Holy Ghost and fire.

23 And coming he dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was said by the prophets: That he shall be called a Nazarite.


The preaching of John. AND in those days cometh John

the Baptist preaching in the desart of Judea.

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly cleanse his floor, and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

13 Then cometh JESUS from Galilee to the Jordan unto John to be

baptized by him.

14 But John stayed him, saying: ought to be baptized by thee, and comest thou to me?


2 And saying: Do penance: for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand. 15 And JESUS answering, said to 3 For this is he that was spoken him: Suffer it to be so now. For of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A so it becometh us to fulfil all jusvoice of one crying in the desert, tice. Then he suffered him. prepare ye the way of the Lord, 16 And JESUS being baptized, make straight his paths.

4 And the same John had his garment of camel's-hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins: and his meat was locust and wild honey.

5 Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the country about Jordan:

forthwith came out of the water: and lo, the Heavens were opened to him: and he saw the spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon him.

17 And behold a voice from Heaven, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.


6 And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 7 And seeing many of the Phari- Christ's fast of forty days, &c. sees and Sadducees coming to hisHEN JESUS was led by the baptism, he said to them: Ye brood Spirit into the desert, to be of vipers, who hath shewed you to tempted by the devil. flee from the wrath to come


2 And when he had fasted forty

Ver. 2. Do penance. Pœnitentiam agite uɛlavoεTTE.-Which word, according to the use of the scriptures, and the holy fathers, does not only signify repentance and amendmen of life, but also punishing past sins by fasting and such like penitential exercises


days and forty nights, he was after-ness, hath seen great light; and to wards hungry. them that sat in the region of the

3 And the tempter coming said shadow of death, light is sprung up. to him: If thou be the Son of God, 17 From that time JESUS began command that these stones be made to preach, and to say: Do penance, 'bread. for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

4 Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.

5 Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him upon the pinnacle of the temple,

6 And said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written: That he hath given his Angels charge over thee, and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone.

18 And JESUS walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishers,)

19 And he saith to them: Come ye after me, and I will make you to be fishers of men.

20 And they immediately leaving their nets, followed him.

21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his bro7 JESUS said to him: It is writ-ther, in a ship with Zebedee their ten again, Thou shalt not tempt the father, mending their nets: and he Lord thy God. called them.

8 Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them.

9 And said to him: All these will I give thee, if falling down, thou wilt adore me.

10 Then JESUS saith to him Begone, Satan, for it is written, The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve.

11 Then the devil left him: and behold angels came and ministered to him.

22 And they forthwith left their nets and father, and followed him.

23 And JESUS went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom and healing all manner of sickness, and every firmity among the people.


24 And his fame went throughout all Syria, and they presented to him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and such as were possessed by devils, and lunaticks, and 12 And when JESUS had heard those that had the palsy, and he that John was delivered up, he re-cured them: tired into Galilee :

25 And much people followed 13 And leaving the city Naza-him from Galilee, and from Decareth, he came and dwelt in Caphar-polis, and from Jerusalem, and naum on the sea-coast, in the bor- from Judea, and from beyond the ders of Zabulon and of Nepthalim; Jordan. 14 That it might be fulfilled which was said by Isaias the prophet:

15 The land of Zabulon and land


Christ's Sermon upon the Mount. AND seeing the multitudes, he

went up into a mountain, and of Nepthalim, the way of the sea when he was set down, his disciples beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the came unto him, Gentiles:

2 And opening his mouth, he 16 The people that sat in dark-taught them, saying:

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