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Mathew 1:20-23

In this Bible passage, an angel tells Joseph to name Mary’s child “Jesus” to fulfill the prophecy of “…the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel.” Even within the story, it does not seem like they did a very good job of fulfilling that prophecy.

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Matthew 1:20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the LORD through the prophet: 23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

Harper Bibles (2011-11-22). NRSV Bible with the Apocrypha (Kindle Locations 66094-66100). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

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