Wesley New Testament

translated by

John Wesley


Chapter 1

1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.
2 Abraham begat Isaac, and Isaac begat Jacob, and Jacob begat Judah and his brethren;
3 And Judah begat Pharez and Zarah of Thamar, and Pharez begat Esrom, and Esrom begat Aram;
4 And Aram begat Aminadab, and Aminadab begat Naasson, and Naasson begat Salmon;
5 And Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab, and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth, and Obed begat Jesse;
6 And Jesse begat David the king.
7 And David the king begat Solomon, of the wife of Uriah; And Solomon begat Rehoboam, and Rehoboam begat Abijah, and Abijah begat Asa;
8 And Asa begat Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat begat Jehoram, and Jehoram begat Uzziah;
9 And Uzziah begat Jotham, and Jotham begat Ahaz, and Ahaz begat Hezekiah;
10 And Hezekiah begat Manasseh, and Manasseh begat Amon, and Amon begat Josiah;
11 And Josiah begat Jeconiah and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon.
12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begat Salathiel, and Salathiel begat Zerubbabel; And Zerubbabel begat Abiud,
13 and Abiud begat Eliakim, and Eliakim begat Azor;
14 And Azor begat Zadok, and Zadok 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 to the Babylonish captivity are fourteen generations, and from the Babylonish captivity to Christ are fourteen generations.
18 Now the birth of Christ was on this wise: His mother Mary, being 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 yet not willing to make her a publick example, purposed to put her away privily.
20 But while he was thinking on these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take to thee Mary thy wife; for that which is begotten 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,
23 saying, Behold the virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a Son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which is, being interpreted, 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 But he knew her not, till she had brought forth her Son, the first-born. And he called his name Jesus.

Chapter 2

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold wise men came from the East to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born king of the Jews?
2 For we have seen his star in the East, and are come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And having assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he demanded of them, Where the Christ was to be born?
5 And they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou,
6 Bethlehem in the land of Judah, art in no wise the least among the princes of Judah; for out of thee shall come forth a Ruler, who shall feed my people Israel.
7 Then Herod, having privately called the wise men, inquired of them with great exactness, at what time the star appeared:
8 And sending them to Bethlehem, he said, Go, inquire exactly concerning the young child, and if ye find him, bring me word again, that I also may come and worship him.
9 And having heard the king, they departed; and lo the star which they had seen in the East, moved on before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 And seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And being come into the house, they saw the young child, with Mary his mother; and falling down, they worshiped him. And opening their treasures, they presented to him gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And being warned of God in a dream, not to return to Herod, they went back into their own country another way.
13 And when they were gone back, behold an angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and continue there till I shall tell thee; for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother by night, and retired into Egypt, And continued there till the death of Herod;
15 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16 Then Herod, seeing that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sending forth, slew all the male children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the confines thereof, from two years old and under; according to the time which he had exactly inquired of the wise men.
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet,
18 saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
19 But when Herod was dead, behold an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20 saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel; for they are dead who sought the young child's life.
21 And he arose and took the young child and his mother,
22 and came into the land of Israel, But having heard, Archelaus reigneth over Judea, in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither, and being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee.
23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.