| Quote #1
All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel." (NRSV 1:22-23)
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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. (KJV 1:22-23)
It's not every day that a woman has a baby without having sex first. But apparently the Hebrew prophet Isaiah totally called it. Here, Matthew is referring to Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (KJV). What do you think? How does it hold up?
| Quote #2
Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more." (NRSV 2:17-18)
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. (KJV 2:17-18)
Shout-out to Jeremiah 31:15: "Thus says the Lord:/ A voice is heard in Ramah,/ lamentation and bitter weeping./ Rachel is weeping for her children;/ she refuses to be comforted for her children,/ because they are no more." Well that's pretty much a direct quote, isn't it? This prophecy refers to the massacre of innocents at the hand of Herod.
| Quote #3
There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, "he will be called a Nazorean." (NRSV 2:23)
And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoke by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. (KJV 2:23)
Jesus of Nazareth—sounds familiar right? But wait, wasn't the guy born in Bethlehem? Yes he was. And sure enough, that fulfills yet another Hebrew Bible prophecy that the Messiah will be born there (Micah 5:2). But what about this "he will be called a Nazorean" business? Where's that prophecy from? Good question. No one's really made a solid call on that one.