Matthew 1:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 1:14, NIV: Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud,

Matthew 1:14, ESV: and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud,

Matthew 1:14, KJV: And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;

Matthew 1:14, NASB: Azor fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Achim, and Achim fathered Eliud.

Matthew 1:14, NLT: Azor was the father of Zadok. Zadok was the father of Akim. Akim was the father of Eliud.

Matthew 1:14, CSB: Azor fathered Zadok, Zadok fathered Achim, Achim fathered Eliud,

What does Matthew 1:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Matthew's genealogy for Jesus through the convoluted history of Israel has brought him to the time after Israel's exile in Babylon. Jesus' ancestors in this period are no longer kings. In fact, their names are unknown in the Bible other than in this passage. It's likely that this history was on record and readily verifiable in Israel at the time Matthew recorded it, however.

Zerubbabel, whose experiences are recorded in Ezra, Nehemiah, and Haggai, fathered Abiud, who fathered Eliakim, who fathered Azor. Now Matthew extends the line to show that Azor fathered Zadok. Zadok fathered Achim. And Achim fathered Eliud.