And in those days a decree went out from aCaesar
Augustus for a bcensus
to be taken of all the inhabited earth.
This was the 1first
census that took place when Quirinius agoverned
And all went to be registered, each to his own city.
also went up from Galilee out of the city of bNazareth
into Judea, to David's city, which is called cBethlehem
, because he was of the 1house
and family of David,
To be registered with Mary, who was engaged to him and was apregnant
And while they were there, the days were fulfilled for her to bear,
And she 1abore
son; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a 2manger
because there was no place for them in the cinn
And there were 1shepherds
in the same region, spending their nights in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
And an aangel
of the Lord bstood
by them, and the cglory
of the Lord shone around them; and they dfeared
And the angel said to them, Do anot
be afraid; for behold, I bannounce
to you good news of cgreat
joy, which will be for dall
Because today a aSavior
has been bborn
to you in cDavid
's city, who is dChrist
And this will be the 1sign
to you: you will find a 2baby
wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly aarmy
God and saying,
in the bhighest places
to God, and on cearth 1dpeace
of His egood
And when the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds spoke to one another, Let us go then to Bethlehem and see this 1thing
that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.
And they came in haste and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.
And when they had seen this,
they made known the word which was spoken to them concerning this little child.
And all those who heard marveled at the things spoken to them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these things and pondered them
in her aheart
And the shepherds returned, aglorifying
and praising God for all the things which they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken to them.
Circumcised and named
And when eight days were fulfilled to acircumcise
Him, His name was called bJesus
, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
Presented and adored
And when the days for their apurification
according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they bbrought
Him up to Jerusalem to present Him
to the Lord
(Even as it is written in the alaw
of the Lord, b
"Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord''),
And to give a sacrifice according to what is said in the 1law
of the Lord: 2A
pair of turtledoves or two young doves.
And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. And this man was 1arighteous
for the 2dconsolation
of Israel, and the eHoly
Spirit was upon him.
And it had been divinely communicated to him by the Holy Spirit that he would anot
see death before he had seen the Lord's bChrist
And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the little child Jesus for them to do according to the custom of the alaw
He received Him into his arms and ablessed
God and said,
Now You release Your slave, Master, according to Your word, in apeace
For my eyes have seen Your 1asalvation
Which You have prepared before the face of all the peoples,
for revelation to the Gentiles and the bglory
of Your people Israel.
And His father and mother marveled at the things being spoken about Him.
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, Behold, this One is 1appointed
for the afalling
and rising up of many in Israel and for a 2sign bspoken
And a 1sword
will pierce through your own soul also — so that the reasonings of many hearts may be 2revealed
And there was one Anna, a aprophetess
, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of bAsher
. She was well advanced in years, having lived with her
husband seven years from her virginity,
she was a awidow
up to the age of eighty-four, who did not depart from the temple, 2serving God
and petitions cnight
And at that very hour she came up and returned thanks to God, and spoke concerning Him to all those awaiting
for the 1bredemption 2of
And when they had finished all things according to the alaw
of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, 1bNazareth
Growing and advancing
And the little child 1grew
and became strong, being filled with 2awisdom
, and the 3grace
of God was upon Him.
And His parents went year by year to aJerusalem
at the Feast of the bPassover
And when He became 1twelve
years old, they went up according to the 2acustom
of the feast.
And when they had completed the days, while they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, and His parents did not know it.
But supposing that He was in the company, they went a day's journey and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
And when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem searching for Him.
And after three days they found Him in the atemple
, sitting in the midst of the bteachers
, both hearing them and questioning them.
And all those who heard Him were aamazed
at His understanding and His answers.
And when they saw Him, they were astounded; and His mother said to Him, Child, why have You treated us like this? Behold, Your father and I, being 1greatly
distressed, have been seeking You.
And He said to them, Why is it that you were seeking Me? Did you not know that I 1must
the things of 3aMy
And they did anot
understand the word which He spoke to them.
And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was 1subject
to them. And His mother carefully kept all these things in her aheart
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and 1stature
and in the 2agrace manifested in Him
before God and men.