New Testament 1: The Gospel of Matthew

I’ve been sitting on this for a while, hoping to finish the third chapter at least before posting, but for one reason or another it keeps getting put off, and it’s getting in the way of other things, so here’s what I’ve got so far. For some reason, I’d gotten it into my head to translate the New Testament from the beginning. No idea how far I’ll get (probably not very), but here’s the start:

τὸ Μαρτύριον τὸ Νέον
τὸ Εὐαγγέλιον Κατὰ Μαθθαίον


(1.) The book of the genealogy of the Christ Jesus, son of David, son of Abraham.

(2.) Abraham begot Isaac, then Isaac begot Jacob, then Jacob begot Judas and his brother, (3.) then Judas begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, then Perez begot Hezron, then Hezron begot Aram, (4.) then Aram begot Amminadab, then Amminadab begot Nahshon, then Nahshon begot Salmon, (5.) then Salmon begot Boaz by Rahav, then Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, then Obed begot Jesse, then Jesse begot King David

(6.) Then David begot Solomon by the wife of Uriah, (7.) then Solomon begot Rehoboam, then Rehoboam begot Abijah, then Abijah begot Asaph, (8.) then Asaph begot Jehosaphat, then Jehosaphat begot Joram, then Joram begot Uzziah,(9.) then Uzziah begot Jotham, then Jotham begot Ahas, then Ahas begot Hezekiah, (10.) then Hezekiah begot Manasseh, then Manasseh begot Amos, then Amos begot Josiah, (11.) then Josiah begot Jechoniah and his brother before the Babylonian exile.

(12.) After the Babylonian exile Jechoniah begot Shealtiel, then Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel, (13.) then Zerubbabel begot Abiud, then Abiud begot Eliakim, then Eliakim begot Azor, (14.) then Azor begot Zadok, then Zadok begot Achim, then Achim begot Eliud, (15.) then Eliud begot Eleazar, then Eleazar begot Matthan, then Matthan begot Jacob, (16.) then Jacob begot Joseph, Mary’s husband, from whom was born Jesus, said to be the Christ.

(17.) All these generations from the birth of Abraham to the birth of David were fourteen, and from David to the beginning of the Babylonian exile were fourteen, and from the Babylonian exile down to the birth of the Christ were fourteen

(18.) Such was the birth of Jesus Christ. When his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, before coming together with him, she was found to be gravid in her stomach through the Holy Spirit. (19.) Her husband Joseph, being just and not wishing to disgrace her, desired to release her secretly. (20.) Thinking these things, behold a messenger from the lord appeared to him in a dream saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife; for, the child in her is [begotten] by the holy spirit. (21.) She will bear a son, and his name will be named Jesus; for he will save his people from their sins.” (22.) All this took place in order to fulfill the word said by the lord through a prophet, (23.) “Behold, the maiden bears a child in her belly, and will bear a son, and his name will be called Emmanuel, which is translated God is with us. (24.) Joseph, waking from his sleep, did as was ordered to him by the messenger of the lord and took her as his wife, (25.) and he did not come to know her until she bore a son; and he was called the name Jesus.


(1. ) After the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of the rule of Herod, behold Magi [Zoroastrian priests] from the East came to Jerusalem (2.) saying, “Where is the king of the Judeans being born? For we see his star in the east and we have come to make obeisance to him. (3.) Hearing this, King Herod was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him, (4.) and calling together all the high priests and the scribes of the people inquired of them where the Christ might be born. (5.) They said to them, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it was written by the prophet:

(6.) And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

you are by no means the least in the kingdom of Judah;

For from you a leader will come,

who will shepherd my people Israel.

(7.) Then Herod secretly called the Magi to ascertain from them the time when the star appeared, (8.) and sending to Bethlehem for them he said, “Go and discover thoroughly about the child; when you have found him, send a message to me, so that I may go and make obeisance to him. (9.) Those hearing the king took themselves and beheld the star, which they saw in the east leading before them, coming to where it set down above where the child was. (10.) Those seeing the star rejoiced greatly with great joy. (11.) And coming to the house they saw the child with his mother Mary, and falling before him they made obeisance, and opening their treasure chests they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. (12.) And having been warned in a dream not to bend before Herod, they returned to their land by another road.



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