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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by

THE AMERICAN BIBLE UNION,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

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TO THE READER.

IT is the object of the following revised version of the Gospels, to give a faithful expression of the meaning of the Sacred Text; and to do this, as far as is possible, in the words of the common English version.

The Committee of Revisers have kept in mind, that their work is intended for the use of the common reader; and that many of the nicer distinctions of idiom and phraseology, which are appropriate in a version for the learned, or for use in the lecture-room, would be out of place here.

In accordance with the object of the Society, for whose use this revision is prepared, to obtain a true and faithful rendering of the inspired text, the words which express the initiatory rite of the Christian Church are rendered by their literal equivalents, as was done by Luther and others, in the versions from the Greek into the vernacular languages of the continent of Europe.

It is proper to say, that there is a difference of opinion among the members of the Committee, in regard to the substitution of the Immerser' for the Baptist.' In the view of a part of the Committee, if the verb which expresses the Christian rite is translated, the official title derived from it should be translated also. Others object to this as an inconsistency, in a revision which transfers other official titles (as 'the Christ,' instead of 'the Anointed'), and as leading to confusion and inconvenience, by substituting new and unknown names of historical personages, for those by which they are universally known in English usage. This word, though employed in this edition, is subject to further consideration by the Committee.

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The Committee have aimed to exhibit, in their revision, the characteristic manner of each evangelist; following the true reading in each where they have been assimilated to one another in the later manuscripts, and giving the true rend ering where they have been improperly assimilated, or made to differ, in the common version. The independent testimony of each inspired witness is thus presented to the reader unimpaired.

Owing to the shortness of the time allowed for preparing this revision of the Gospels, and the distance at which the members of the Committee reside from each other, rendering consultation difficult, they have found it necessary to reserve their decision on some questions which are still under consideration. These questions, for the most part, relate to points of expression merely, and not to the meaning of the text.

An Appendix is added to some copies, for those who may desire it, showing the true text from the oldest manuscripts, followed in this revision.

THE GOSPEL

ACCORDING TO

MATTHEW.

CHAPTER I.

Book of the generation of Jesus Christ, son 1 of David, son of Abraham. Abraham begat Isaac; 2 and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judah and his brethren; and Judah begat Pharez and Zarah, 3 of Tamar; and Pharez begat Hezron; and Hezron begat Ram; and Ram begat Aminadab; and Amin- 4 adab begat Nahshon; and Nahshon begat Salmon; and Salmon begat Boaz, of Rahab; and Boaz be- 5 gat Obed, of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse; and Jesse begat David the King; and David the King 6 begat Solomon, of the wife of Uriah; and Solomon 7 begat Rehoboam; and Rehoboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa; and Asa begat Jehoshaphat; 8 and Jehoshaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Uzziah; and Uzziah begat Jotham; and Jotham 9 begat Ahaz; and Ahaz begat Hezekiah; and Heze- 10 kiah begat Manasseh; and Manasseh begat Amon;

V. 6. In the oldest copies: and David begat

11 and Amon begat Josiah; and Josiah begat Jeconiah and his brethren, at the time of the removal 12 to Babylon. And after the removal to Babylon,

Jeconiah begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Ze13 rubbabel; and Zerubbabel begat Abiud ; and Abiud

begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor; and 14 Azor begat Zadock; and Zadock begat Achim ; 15 and Achim begat Eliud; and Eliud begat Eleazar;

and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat 16 Jacob; and Jacob begat Joseph the husband of

Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham unto David are fourteen generations; and from David unto the removal to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the removal to Babylon unto the Christ, fourteen generations.

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Now the birth of Jesus Christ was after this manner. His mother Mary being betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child 19 of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, be

ing just, and not willing to expose her openly, de20 sired to put her away privately. But while he thought on these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take to thee Mary thy wife; for that which is begotten in her is of the Holy 21 Spirit. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou

V. 19. In some ancient copies: to make her an example

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