Is the First Matthew’s Prophecy About the Lord Jesus Trustful?

This is a new series (1-23) of Verse No. in the Bible versus the Quran.

Verse No. 23 in the Old Testament says: And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

Verse No. 23 in the New Testament says: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” which means, “God with us.”

Verse No. 23 in the Noble Quran says: these are they (the hypocrites) who have bartered guidance for error: but their traffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction.

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The verse No. 23 in the Old Testament is Genesis 1:23

The verse continues talking about the creation of the heavens and the earth, it says: And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

Herein, the fifth day of the creation of the heavens and the earth is done.

In that day, God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, and every winged bird; and God said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.

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The verse No. 23 in the New Testament is Matthew 1:23

In the articles 18-22, Saint Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant and because he was a righteous man and unwilling to put her to shame, he did not want to expose her to public disgrace. So, he decided to divorce Saint Mary!

But an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins

Then Matthew 1:22 says: All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet. Hence, one might expect that some hints about this story is mentioned in the Old Testament; but this is not the case and this story of Saint Mary and her marriage etc. is not found in the Old Testament. However, if what is said by Matthew is true, then the possibility is that the story is removed from the Old Testament and eliminated by those who wrote it; on the basis that they (the Jews) deny both  Saint Mary and the Lord Jesus.

 

What is the Prophecy?

Matthew 1:23 gives the first prophecy about the Lord Jesus and says:

The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” which means, “God with us.”

It is amazing that Matthew did not give the name of the prophet who gave such prophecy.

Anyway, He is Isaiah 7:14 who said:

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel

It is strongly recommended to discover how the Bible uses the word “virgin” in order to recognize if this prophecy is for the Lord Jesus or someone else.

The “virgin” in the Old Testament is a geographical place not a person:

In Isaiah 37:22, 2 Kings 19:21 and Lamentations 2:13 The Virgin is the Daughter of Zion

In Isaiah 23:12, The Virgin is the Daughter of Sidon (Zidon).

In Isaiah 47:1, The Virgin is the Daughter of Babylon.

In Jeremiah 14:17, The Virgin is the Daughter of my people (i.e. daughter of Israel).

In Lamentations 1:15, The Virgin is the Daughter of Judah.

Also, to be precise, the original owner of the prophecy who is Isaiah uses the virgin as the Daughter of Zion, of Sidon and of Babylon once for each.

Hence, which of the above is applicable to Saint Mary?

What the “Virgin” deserves according to the Bible?

Jeremiah 51:22 (New American Standard Bible) says:

And with you I shatter (break in pieces) young man and virgin,

And Ezekiel 9:6

Slaughter (Kill, Slay utterly) the old man, the young man, and the maiden (virgin), and little children, and women…

Hence, the Bible commands to shatter (break in pieces) the virgin and to Slaughter (Kill, Slay utterly) the old man, the young man, and the maiden (virgin), and little children, and women…

This also, is not applicable to the Virgin Saint Mary.

Moreover, the prophecy says that the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel.

This means that the virgin of the prophecy has already a child (will be with child), And (afterward) she will give birth to a son.  Also, they (the people) will call him Immanuel.

In the case of Saint Mary, she has no child before Jesus; also, the people did not call him Immanuel. Throughout the entire Bible, None has called the Lord Jesus Immanuel.  

The interested smart reader might answer this question:

Is the first Matthew’s prophecy about the Lord Jesus is trustful?

The Linguistics meanings of Emmanuel

the name of the Messiah as prophesied by Isaiah, often represented in Christian exegesis as being Jesus Christ.

Immanuel or Emmanuel or Imanu’el (??????????? “God [is] with us” consists of two Hebrew words: ?? (El, meaning ‘God’) and ???? (Immanu, meaning ‘with us’); Standard Hebrew ‘Immanu’el, Tiberian Hebrew.

Moreover, Iman (pronounced as Eaman) in Aramaic as well as in Arabic means faith in or belief, el in Aramaic (in Arabic = Allah or Ilah) means God. So, Immanuel or Emmanuel means: believe or have faith in God or the believer(s) in God.

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Verse No. 23 in the Noble Quran is 2:16,

Chapter 2 is Surah AL-BAQARA (THE COW),

Verses 2:8-20 are talking about the hypocrites

Verse 2:8 (See article 15) states that the hypocrites say: ‘we believe in Allah and the last day, ‘ yet they are not believers.

Verse 2:9 (See article 16) says: They think to beguile Allah and those who believe, and they beguile none save themselves; but they perceive not.

Verse 2:10 (See article 17) says: “There is a sickness in their (the hypocrites) hearts which Allah has increased; for them there is a painful punishment because they lie.”

Verse 2:11 (See article 18) says: when it is said to them: Do not corrupt in the land;  they (the hypocrites) say: we are only reformers.

Verse 2:12 (See article 19) says: are not they indeed the mischief-makers? but they perceive not.

Verse 2:13 says: and when it is said to them: believe as the people believe they say: shall we believe as the fools believe? now surely they themselves are the fools, but they do not know

Verse 2:14 says: when they meet those who believe, they say, ‘we, too believe. ‘ but when they are alone with their devils, they say to them: ‘we follow none but you, we were only mocking

Verse 2:15 says: Allah shall pay them back their mockery, and he leaves them alone in their inordinacy, blindly wandering on.

Verse 2:16 continues talking about the hypocrites; and says: these are they who have bartered guidance for error: but their traffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction,

The meaning of verse 2:16

Those are they who have bought error for guidance, that is, they have exchanged the latter for the former; so their commerce has not profited them, that is to say, they have gained nothing from it, indeed, they have lost, because their destination is the Fire, made everlasting for them; nor are they guided, in what they did.

In other words, These are they who purchase error at the price of guidance), they chose disbelief instead of faith and exchanged guidance with error, (so their commerce did not prosper), they did not prosper in their bargain but on the contrary (neither were they guided) to overcome their error.

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Verse No. 23 in the Old Testament, the New Testament in four different versions of the Bible; and in the Noble Quran in Four different Translations

Verse No. 23 in the Old Testament

Genesis 1:23

New International Version:

23] And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

New American Standard Version:

23] There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

English Standard Version:

23] And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

King James Version:

23] And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

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Verse No. 23 in the New Testament

Matthew 1:23

New International Version:

23] The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” which means, “God with us.”

New American Standard Version:

23] BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.”

English Standard Version:

23] Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel

King James Version:

23] Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

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Verse No. 23 in the Noble Quran

Chapter 2: 1

Surah AL-BAQARA (THE COW)

QARIB: such are those who barter away guidance for error, their trade did not profit (them), nor are they guided.

SHAKIR: these are they who buy error for the right direction, so their bargain shall bring no gain, nor are they the followers of the right direction

PICKTHAL: these are they who purchase error at the price of guidance, so their commerce doth not prosper, neither are they guided.

YUSUFALI: these are they who have bartered guidance for error: but their traffic is profitless, and they have lost true direction,

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It is very premature to ask this question:

Is the Quran quoted from the Bible?

Wait and you will see.

Professor Dr. Ibrahim Khalil

Prof. of Clinical and Chemical Pathology,

Head of Clinical Microbiology and Infection Control Unit,

Ain-Shams University. Cairo, Egypt.

And, President of the Egyptian Society of Inventors.

Member of the Egyptian union of Writers

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