Matthew 1:9

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Michelangelo's Uzziah-Jotham-Ahaz. Traditionally Jotham is the man in green on the left and the child with him is his son Ahaz.

Matthew 1:9 is the ninth verse of the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible. The verse is part of the non-synoptic section where the genealogy of Joseph, the legal father of Jesus, is listed, or on non Pauline interpretations the genealogy of Jesus. The purpose of the genealogy is to show descent from the line of kings, in particular David, as the Messiah was predicted to be the son of David (2 Samuel 7:12; Psalms 89:3, 132:11, among others), and descendent of Abraham (Genesis 12:3; 22:18) .

In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads:

And Ozias begat Joatham;
and Joatham begat Achaz;
and Achaz begat Ezekias;

The World English Bible translates the passage as:

Uzziah became the father of Jotham.
Jotham became the father of Ahaz.
Ahaz became the father of Hezekiah.

For a collection of other versions see BibRef Matthew 1:9

This part (the second section - David to the Babylon Removal - as summarized in Matthew 1:17) of the list of Jesus' ancestry coincides with the list of the Kings of Judah that is present in a number of other parts of the Bible,. Unlike other parts of Matthew's genealogy this list is fully in keeping with the other sources. Ozias, King of Judah (809 BC - 759 BC) (Amos 1:1) . According to W.F. Albright, Jotham ruled from 742 BC until 735 BC and his son Ahaz ruled from his death until 715 BC. Ahaz's son Hezekiah ruled from 715 BC to 687 BC. Hezekiah was the king whose actions prompted the Babylonians to take the Jews into captivity, as prophesied in Isaiah 38 and mentioned in the genealogy at Verse 11. Hezekiah had fifteen years added to his lifespan by God, due to his piety.

These kings are also listed in 2 Kings 14-16, together with narrative about their reigns.

The kings in Matthew 1:9[edit]

The people mentioned in this section of the genealogy are all Kings of Judah.

Family tree[edit]

                   The Line of the Kings: Matthew 1:9

       Line of the kings  Matthew 1:8              Zadok
                      |                              |
              Ozias (Matthew 1:8)   =     Jerushah  (2 Kings 15:33)
                   Jotham                        Zachariah
                      |                              |
            Achaz, (2 Kings 15:38)   =       Abi  (2 Kings 18:2)
          Hezekiah, (2 Kings 16:20)                    
       Line of the kings (Matthew 1:10)


See above for two English versions, the King James and World English Bible. See the external links for many more modern translations.

Vulgate (Latin) text[edit]

The Latin Vulgate of St. Jerome gives:

Ozias autem genuit Ioatham Ioatham autem genuit Achaz Achaz autem genuit Ezechiam.

Greek text[edit]

The Koine Greek Byzantine text or majority text, and the textus receptus both read:

οζιας δε εγεννησε τον ιωαθαμ ιωαθαμ δε εγεννησε τον αχαζ αχαζ δε εγεννησε τον εζεκιαν

Tischendorf gives rather Οζειας for the first king.

Westcott-Hort offers the main reading and also a variant αχας for the third king.

Nestle-Aland has εγεννησεν instead of εγεννησε.

Peshitta text[edit]

The Peshitta text is substantially different, translated it is: Awazea fathered Yoram Yoram fathered Yahoshapat fathered Khizaqea.

See also[edit]

  • 1 Chronicles 3:11
  • 2 Chronicles 26-28
  • Isaiah 7:1 "And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah..."
  • Isaiah 7:14 Messianic prophecy.
  • 2 Kings 15-16
  • Hebrews 7:14 "For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood."


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Matthew 1:8
Gospel of Matthew
Chapter 1
Succeeded by
Matthew 1:10