Matthew 1:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Matthew 1:15, NIV: Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,

Matthew 1:15, ESV: and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob,

Matthew 1:15, KJV: And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;

Matthew 1:15, NASB: Eliud fathered Eleazar, Eleazar fathered Matthan, and Matthan fathered Jacob.

Matthew 1:15, NLT: Eliud was the father of Eleazar. Eleazar was the father of Matthan. Matthan was the father of Jacob.

Matthew 1:15, CSB: Eliud fathered Eleazar, Eleazar fathered Matthan, Matthan fathered Jacob,

What does Matthew 1:15 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Most of the names of Jesus' ancestors in this and the previous verses are not known elsewhere in Scripture. After Zerubbabel, the first to lead people back to Israel following the exile in Babylon, the nine descendants listed are found only in this passage. They conclude here with Eliud, the father of Eleazar, the father Matthan, the father of Jacob. It's possible that Matthew skipped some links in the generational chain in this section, as he likely did in the others. This was a common and accepted practice in the genealogies of the times.

The final name mentioned in this verse, however, is known to us. Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary and Jesus' earthly "adoptive father."