Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

The opening chapters of the Old and New Testaments bring to the forefront two couples: Adam and Eve in the Old Testament and Mary and Joseph in the New. Their stories emphasize the concepts of family and community. Adam and Eve were created to enjoy each other as husband and wife. Their family was in community with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Sin had not yet broken this beautiful fellowship between man and wife and God and humanity.

Soon, however, sin did enter the world, but Mary and Joseph's family began the restoration of the human race back to God. In their community, God placed His Son Jesus to restore God's fellowship to humanity (community) and humanity's fellowship with one another (family). Nothing was wrong with God's original plan-it was "excellent in every way" (Genesis 1:31).

Let us start this year by asking the Lord to restore to us our fellowship with Him in any area that has been broken by sin. Then let us ask Him to restore family in relationships with others whom we have offended. Jesus came to bring us back to God's original plan!

Genesis 1:1-2:25

The Beginning

In the beginningPs 102:25; Pr 8:23; Isa 40:21; 41:4, 26; Jn 1:1-2 God createdver 21, 27; Ge 2:3 the heavensver 6; Ne 9:6; Job 9:8; 37:18; Ps 96:5; 104:2; 115:15; 121:2; 136:5; Isa 40:22; 42:5; 51:13; Jer 10:12; 51:15 and the earth.Ge 14:19; 2Ki 19:15; Ne 9:6; Job 38:4; Ps 90:2; 136:6; 146:6; Isa 37:16; 40:28; 42:5; 44:24; 45:12, 18; Jer 27:5; 32:17; Ac 14:15; 17:24; Eph 3:9; Col 1:16; Heb 3:4; 11:3; Rev 4:11; 10:6Now the earth was formlessIsa 23:1; 24:10; 27:10; 32:14; 34:11 and empty,Isa 45:18; Jer 4:23 darkness was over the surface of the deep,Ge 8:2; Job 7:12; 26:8; 38:9; Ps 36:6; 42:7; 104:6; 107:24; Pr 30:4 and the Spirit of GodGe 2:7; Job 33:4; Ps 104:30; Isa 32:15 was hoveringDt 32:11; Isa 31:5 over the waters.

And God said,ver 6; Ps 33:6, 9; 148:5; Heb 11:3 “Let there be light,” and there was light.2Co 4:6*; 1Jn 1:5-7God saw that the light was good,ver 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31; Ps 104:31; 119:68; Jer 31:35 and he separated the light from the darkness.ver 14; Ex 10:21-23; Job 26:10; 38:19; Ps 18:28; 104:20; 105:28; Isa 42:16; 45:7God calledver 8, 10; Ge 2:19, 23 the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”Ps 74:16 And there was evening, and there was morningver 8, 13, 19, 23, 31—the first day.

And God said,S ver 3 “Let there be a vaultS ver 1; Isa 44:24; 2Pe 3:5 between the watersver 9; Ps 24:2; 136:6 to separate water from water.”So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it.Ge 7:11; Job 26:10; 38:8-11, 16; Ps 68:33; 148:4; Pr 8:28 And it was so.ver 9, 11, 15, 24God calledS ver 5 the vault “sky.”Job 9:8; 37:18; Ps 19:1; 104:2; Isa 40:22; 44:24; 45:12; Jer 10:12; Zec 12:1 And there was evening, and there was morningS ver 5—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place,Job 38:8-11; Ps 33:7; 104:6-9; Pr 8:29; Jer 5:22; 2Pe 3:5 and let dry groundPs 95:5; Jnh 1:9; Hag 2:6 appear.” And it was so.S ver 710 God calledS ver 5 the dry ground “land,” and the gathered watersPs 33:7 he called “seas.”Job 38:8; Ps 90:2; 95:5 And God saw that it was good.S ver 4

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation:Ps 65:9-13; 104:14 seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.ver 12, 21, 24, 25; Ge 2:5; 6:20; 7:14; Lev 11:14, 19, 22; Dt 14:13, 18; 1Co 15:38” And it was so.S ver 712 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kindsS ver 11 and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.S ver 413 And there was evening, and there was morningS ver 5—the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lightsPs 74:16; 136:7 in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night,S ver 4 and let them serve as signsJer 10:2 to mark sacred times,Ps 104:19 and days and years,Ge 8:22; Jer 31:35-36; 33:20, 2515 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.S ver 716 God made two great lights—the greater lightDt 17:3; Job 31:26; Jer 43:13; Eze 8:16 to governPs 136:8 the day and the lesser light to governPs 136:9 the night.Job 38:33; Ps 74:16; 104:19; Jer 31:35; Jas 1:17 He also made the stars.Dt 4:19; Job 9:9; 38:7, 31-32; Ps 8:3; 33:6; Ecc 12:2; Isa 40:26; Jer 8:2; Am 5:817 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth,18 to govern the day and the night,Jer 33:20, 25 and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.S ver 419 And there was evening, and there was morningS ver 5—the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures,Ps 146:6 and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”Ge 2:1921 So God createdS ver 1 the great creatures of the seaJob 3:8; 7:12; Ps 74:13; 148:7; Isa 27:1; Eze 32:2 and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it,Ps 104:25-26 according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.S ver 11 And God saw that it was good.S ver 422 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”ver 28; Ge 8:17; 9:1, 7, 19; 47:27; Lev 26:9; Eze 36:1123 And there was evening, and there was morningS ver 5—the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creaturesGe 2:19 according to their kinds:S ver 11 the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.S ver 725 God made the wild animalsGe 7:21-22; Jer 27:5 according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds.S ver 11 And God saw that it was good.S ver 4

26 Then God said, “Let usGe 3:5, 22; 11:7; Ps 100:3; Isa 6:8 make mankindIsa 45:18 in our image,ver 27; Ge 5:3; 9:6; Ps 8:5; 82:6; 89:6; 1Co 11:7; 2Co 4:4; Col 1:15; 3:10; Jas 3:9 in our likeness,Ac 17:28-29 so that they may ruleGe 9:2; Ps 8:6-8 over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky,Ps 8:8 over the livestock and all the wild animals,Probable reading of the original Hebrew text (see Syriac); Masoretic Text the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God createdS ver 1 mankindGe 2:7; Ps 103:14; 119:73 in his own image,S ver 26

in the image of GodGe 5:1 he created them;

male and femaleGe 5:2; Mt 19:4*; Mk 10:6*; Gal 3:28 he created them.Dt 4:32

28 God blessed them and said to them,Ge 33:5; Jos 24:3; Ps 113:9; 127:3, 5 “Be fruitful and increase in number;S Ge 17:6 fill the earthS ver 22; Ge 6:1; Ac 17:26 and subdue it. Rule overver 26; Ps 115:16 the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.Ps 8:6-8

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.Ge 9:3; Dt 12:15; Ps 104:14; 1Ti 4:330 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of lifeGe 2:7; 7:22 in it—I give every green plant for food.Job 38:41; Ps 78:25; 104:14, 27; 111:5; 136:25; 145:15; 147:9” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made,Ps 104:24; 136:5; Pr 3:19; Jer 10:12 and it was very good.S ver 4; 1Ti 4:4 And there was evening, and there was morningS ver 5—the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.Dt 4:19; 17:3; 2Ki 17:16; 21:3; Ps 104:2; Isa 44:24; 45:12; 48:13; 51:13

By the seventh dayDt 5:14 God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.ver 2-3; Ex 20:11; 31:17; 34:21; Jn 5:17; Heb 4:4*Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy,Ex 16:23; 20:10; 23:12; 31:15; 35:2; Lev 23:3; Ne 9:14; Isa 58:13; Jer 17:22 because on it he restedPs 95:11; Heb 4:1-11 from all the work of creatingS Ge 1:1 that he had done.

Adam and Eve

This is the accountGe 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10, 27; 25:12, 19; 36:1, 9; 37:2 of the heavens and the earth when they were created,Ge 1:1; Job 38:8-11 when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earthOr land; also in verse 6 and no plant had yet sprung up,Ge 1:11 for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earthJob 38:28; Ps 65:9-10; Jer 10:13 and there was no one to work the ground,but streamsOr mist came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.Then the Lord God formedIsa 29:16; 43:1, 21; 44:2 a manThe Hebrew for man (adam) sounds like and may be related to the Hebrew for ground (adamah); it is also the name Adam (see verse 20).S Ge 1:27 from the dustGe 3:19; 18:27; Job 4:19; 10:9; 17:16; 34:15; Ps 90:3; Ecc 3:20; 12:7 of the groundGe 3:23; 4:2; Ps 103:14; Jer 18:6; 1Co 15:47 and breathed into his nostrils the breathS Ge 1:2; Job 27:3; Isa 2:22 of life,S Ge 1:30; Isa 42:5; Ac 17:25 and the man became a living being.Job 12:10; 32:8; 33:4; 34:14; Ps 104:29; Isa 57:16; Eze 37:5; 1Co 15:45*

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden;ver 10, 15; Ge 3:23, 24; 4:16; 13:10; Isa 51:3; Eze 28:13; 31:9, 16; 36:35; Joel 2:3 and there he put the man he had formed.The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—treesEze 31:8 that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of lifeGe 3:22, 24; Pr 3:18; 11:30; S Rev 2:7 and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.Eze 47:12

10 A riverNu 24:6; Ps 46:4; Eze 47:5 watering the garden flowed from Eden;S ver 8 from there it was separated into four headwaters.11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah,Ge 10:7; 25:18 where there is gold.12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resinOr good; pearlsNu 11:7 and onyx are also there.)13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush.Possibly southeast Mesopotamia14 The name of the third river is the Tigris;Ge 41:1; Da 10:4 it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.Ge 15:18; 31:21; Ex 23:31; Nu 22:5; Dt 1:7; 11:24; Jos 1:4; 2Sa 8:3; 1Ki 4:21; 2Ki 23:29; 24:7; 1Ch 5:9; 18:3; 2Ch 35:20; Jer 13:4; 46:2; 51:63; S Rev 9:14

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of EdenS ver 8 to work it and take care of it.16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;Ge 3:1-217 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,Ge 3:11, 17 for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”Ge 3:1, 3; 5:5; 9:29; Dt 30:15, 19; Jer 42:16; Eze 3:18; S Ro 5:12; S 6:23

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”Pr 31:11; 1Co 11:9; 1Ti 2:13

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animalsPs 8:7 and all the birds in the sky.S Ge 1:20 He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man calledS Ge 1:5 each living creature,Ge 1:24 that was its name.20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for AdamOr the man no suitable helperGe 3:20; 4:1 was found.21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep;Ge 15:12; 1Sa 26:12; Job 33:15 and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribsOr took part of the man’s side and then closed up the place with flesh.22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the ribOr part1Co 11:8, 9, 12; 1Ti 2:13 he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones

and flesh of my flesh;Ge 29:14; Eph 5:28-30

she shall be calledS Ge 1:5 ‘woman,’

for she was taken out of man.1Co 11:8

24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is unitedMal 2:15 to his wife, and they become one flesh.Mt 19:5*; Mk 10:7-8*; 1Co 6:16*; Eph 5:31*

25 Adam and his wife were both naked,Ge 3:7, 10-11; Isa 47:3; La 1:8 and they felt no shame.

The Account of Creation

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.Or In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, . . . Or When God began to create the heavens and the earth, . . .The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”

And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.

Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.”And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens.God called the space “sky.”

And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.

Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened.10 God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good.11 Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened.12 The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.

13 And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.

14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years.15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened.16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars.17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth,18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.

20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.”21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”

23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.

24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened.25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beingsOr man; Hebrew reads adam. in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,As in Syriac version; Hebrew reads all the earth. and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

27 So God created human beingsOr the man; Hebrew reads ha-adam. in his own image.

In the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.

31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!

And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.

So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed.On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he restedOr ceased; also in 2:3. from all his work.And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.

This is the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth.

The Man and Woman in Eden

When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil.Instead, springsOr mist. came up from the ground and watered all the land.Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.

Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made.The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then dividing into four branches.11 The first branch, called the Pishon, flowed around the entire land of Havilah, where gold is found.12 The gold of that land is exceptionally pure; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there.13 The second branch, called the Gihon, flowed around the entire land of Cush.14 The third branch, called the Tigris, flowed east of the land of Asshur. The fourth branch is called the Euphrates.

15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”

18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”19 So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the manOr Adam, and so throughout the chapter. to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one.20 He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.

21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribsOr took a part of the man’s side. and closed up the opening.22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.

23 “At last!” the man exclaimed.

“This one is bone from my bone,

and flesh from my flesh!

She will be called ‘woman,’

because she was taken from ‘man.’”

24 This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

25 Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;

12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.

13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.

14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.

15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:

17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

Matthew 1:1-2:12

The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah1:1-17pp — Lk 3:23-381:3-6pp — Ru 4:18-221:7-11pp — 1Ch 3:10-17

This is the genealogyOr is an account of the origin of Jesus the MessiahOr Jesus Christ. Messiah (Hebrew) and Christ (Greek) both mean Anointed One; also in verse 18. the son of David,2Sa 7:12-16; Isa 9:6, 7; 11:1; Jer 23:5, 6; S Mt 9:27; Lk 1:32, 69; Rev 22:16 the son of Abraham:Ge 22:18; S Gal 3:16

Abraham was the father of Isaac,Ge 21:3, 12

Isaac the father of Jacob,Ge 25:26

Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,Ge 29:35; 49:10

Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,Ge 38:27-30

Perez the father of Hezron,

Hezron the father of Ram,

Ram the father of Amminadab,

Amminadab the father of Nahshon,

Nahshon the father of Salmon,

Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,S Heb 11:31

Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,

Obed the father of Jesse,

and Jesse the father of King David.1Sa 16:1; 17:12

David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,2Sa 12:24

Solomon the father of Rehoboam,

Rehoboam the father of Abijah,

Abijah the father of Asa,

Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,

Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,

Jehoram the father of Uzziah,

Uzziah the father of Jotham,

Jotham the father of Ahaz,

Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,

10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,2Ki 20:21

Manasseh the father of Amon,

Amon the father of Josiah,

11 and Josiah the father of JeconiahThat is, Jehoiachin; also in verse 12 and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.2Ki 24:14-16; Jer 27:20; 40:1; Da 1:1, 2

12 After the exile to Babylon:

Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,1Ch 3:17

Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,1Ch 3:19; Ezr 3:2

13 Zerubbabel the father of Abihud,

Abihud the father of Eliakim,

Eliakim the father of Azor,

14 Azor the father of Zadok,

Zadok the father of Akim,

Akim the father of Elihud,

15 Elihud the father of Eleazar,

Eleazar the father of Matthan,

Matthan the father of Jacob,

16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary,Lk 1:27 and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.Mt 27:17

17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came aboutOr The origin of Jesus the Messiah was like this: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.Lk 1:3519 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yetOr was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorceDt 24:1 her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angelS Ac 5:19 of the Lord appeared to him in a dreamS Mt 27:19 and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.S Lk 1:31 because he will save his people from their sins.”Ps 130:8; S Lk 2:11; S Jn 3:17; Ac 5:31; S Ro 11:14; Tit 2:14

22 All this took place to fulfillMt 2:15, 17, 23; 4:14; 8:17; 12:17; 21:4; 26:54, 56; 27:9; Lk 4:21; 21:22; 24:44; Jn 13:18; 19:24, 28, 36 what the Lord had said through the prophet:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”Isaiah 7:14Isa 7:14; 8:8, 10 (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angelS Ac 5:19 of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.ver 21; S Lk 1:31

The Magi Visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea,Lk 2:4-7 during the time of King Herod,Lk 1:5 MagiTraditionally wise men from the east came to Jerusalemand asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?Jer 23:5; Mt 27:11; Mk 15:2; Lk 23:38; Jn 1:49; 18:33-37 We saw his starNu 24:17 when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.“In BethlehemJn 7:42 in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for out of you will come a ruler

who will shepherd my people Israel.’Micah 5:2,42Sa 5:2; Mic 5:2

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.Isa 60:3 Then they opened their treasures and presented him with giftsPs 72:10 of gold, frankincense and myrrh.12 And having been warnedHeb 11:7 in a dreamver 13, 19, 22; S Mt 27:19 not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

The Ancestors of Jesus the Messiah

This is a record of the ancestors of Jesus the Messiah, a descendant of David and of AbrahamGreek Jesus the Messiah, Son of David and son of Abraham.:

Abraham was the father of Isaac.

Isaac was the father of Jacob.

Jacob was the father of Judah and his brothers.

Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah (whose mother was Tamar).

Perez was the father of Hezron.

Hezron was the father of Ram.Greek Aram, a variant spelling of Ram; also in 1:4. See 1 Chr 2:9-10.

Ram was the father of Amminadab.

Amminadab was the father of Nahshon.

Nahshon was the father of Salmon.

Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab).

Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth).

Obed was the father of Jesse.

Jesse was the father of King David.

David was the father of Solomon (whose mother was Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah).

Solomon was the father of Rehoboam.

Rehoboam was the father of Abijah.

Abijah was the father of Asa.Greek Asaph, a variant spelling of Asa; also in 1:8. See 1 Chr 3:10.

Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat.

Jehoshaphat was the father of Jehoram.Greek Joram, a variant spelling of Jehoram; also in 1:8b. See 1 Kgs 22:50 and note at 1 Chr 3:11.

Jehoram was the fatherOr ancestor; also in 1:11. of Uzziah.

Uzziah was the father of Jotham.

Jotham was the father of Ahaz.

Ahaz was the father of Hezekiah.

10 Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh.

Manasseh was the father of Amon.Greek Amos, a variant spelling of Amon; also in 1:10b. See 1 Chr 3:14.

Amon was the father of Josiah.

11 Josiah was the father of JehoiachinGreek Jeconiah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin; also in 1:12. See 2 Kgs 24:6 and note at 1 Chr 3:16. and his brothers (born at the time of the exile to Babylon).

12 After the Babylonian exile:

Jehoiachin was the father of Shealtiel.

Shealtiel was the father of Zerubbabel.

13 Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud.

Abiud was the father of Eliakim.

Eliakim was the father of Azor.

14 Azor was the father of Zadok.

Zadok was the father of Akim.

Akim was the father of Eliud.

15 Eliud was the father of Eleazar.

Eleazar was the father of Matthan.

Matthan was the father of Jacob.

16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.

Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah.

17 All those listed above include fourteen generations from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah.

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagementGreek to divorce her. quietly.

20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,Jesus means “The Lord saves.” for he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child!

She will give birth to a son,

and they will call him Immanuel,Isa 7:14; 8:8, 10 (Greek version).

which means ‘God is with us.’”

24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

Visitors from the East

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise menOr royal astrologers; Greek reads magi; also in 2:7, 16. from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,Or star in the east. and we have come to worship him.”

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,

are not least among the ruling citiesGreek the rulers. of Judah,

for a ruler will come from you

who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’Mic 5:2; 2 Sam 5:2.

Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared.Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;

And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;

And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;

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

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

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

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

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 Jechonias and his brethren, 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;

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.

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on 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 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou 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 was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a 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.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

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

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

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

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Psalm 1:1-6

BOOK I

Psalms 1–41

Psalm 1

Blessed is the oneS Dt 33:29; Ps 40:4; 128:4

who does not walkPs 89:15 in step with the wickedS Job 21:16; Ps 10:2-11

or stand in the wayS Ge 49:6 that sinners takePs 26:9; 37:38; 51:13; 104:35

or sitPs 26:4 in the company of mockers,S Job 11:3; Pr 1:22; Isa 28:14; Hos 7:5

but whose delightPs 112:1; 119:16, 35; Ro 7:22 is in the law of the Lord,Ps 19:7; 119:1; Eze 11:20; 18:17

and who meditatesS Ge 24:63 on his law day and night.

That person is like a treePs 52:8; 92:12; 128:3; Jer 11:16; Zec 4:3 planted by streamsPs 46:4; 65:9; Isa 33:21; Jer 31:9 of water,S Nu 24:6; S Job 14:9; S Eze 17:5

which yields its fruitPs 92:14; Eze 47:12 in season

and whose leafIsa 1:30; 64:6 does not wither—

whatever they do prospers.S Ge 39:3

Not so the wicked!

They are like chaffS Job 13:25; Isa 40:24; Jer 13:24

that the wind blows away.

Therefore the wicked will not standPs 5:5 in the judgment,S Job 19:29

nor sinners in the assemblyPs 26:12; 35:18; 82:1; 89:5; 107:32; 111:1; 149:1 of the righteous.

For the Lord watches overPs 37:18; 121:5; 145:20; Na 1:7 the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.S Lev 26:38; Ps 9:6

Book one (Psalms 1–41)

Psalm 1

Oh, the joys of those who do not

follow the advice of the wicked,

or stand around with sinners,

or join in with mockers.

But they delight in the law of the Lord,

meditating on it day and night.

They are like trees planted along the riverbank,

bearing fruit each season.

Their leaves never wither,

and they prosper in all they do.

But not the wicked!

They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.

They will be condemned at the time of judgment.

Sinners will have no place among the godly.

For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,

but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Proverbs 1:1-6

Purpose and Theme

The proverbsMt 13:3 of Solomon1Ki 4:29-34 son of David, king of Israel:Pr 10:1; 25:1; Ecc 1:1

for gaining wisdom and instruction;

for understanding words of insight;

for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,

doing what is right and just and fair;

for giving prudence to those who are simple,The Hebrew word rendered simple in Proverbs denotes a person who is gullible, without moral direction and inclined to evil.Pr 8:5

knowledge and discretionPr 8:12 to the young—

let the wise listen and add to their learning,Pr 9:9

and let the discerning get guidance—

for understanding proverbs and parables,S Ps 49:4; Mt 13:10-17

the sayings and riddlesS Nu 12:8; S Jdg 14:12 of the wise.Or understanding a proverb, namely, a parable, / and the sayings of the wise, their riddlesPr 22:17; 24:23

The Purpose of Proverbs

These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,

to help them understand the insights of the wise.

Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,

to help them do what is right, just, and fair.

These proverbs will give insight to the simple,

knowledge and discernment to the young.

Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.

Let those with understanding receive guidance

by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,

the words of the wise and their riddles.

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;

To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;

To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;

To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.

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