Luke 2

Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem

Now in those days a decree went out from a Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of b all
I.e. the Roman empire
the inhabited earth.
Or This took place as a first census
This was the first census taken while
Gr Kyrenios
Quirinius was governor of f Syria.
And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because g he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she h gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a
Or feeding trough
manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And j an angel of the Lord suddenly k stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, l Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a m Savior, who is
I.e. Messiah
o Christ p the Lord.
12  q This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a
Or feeding trough
13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14  s Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men
Lit of good pleasure; or of good will
u with whom He is pleased.”

15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the
Or feeding trough
17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary w treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds went back x glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

Jesus Presented at the Temple

21 And when y eight days had passed
Lit so as to circumcise Him
before His circumcision aa His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

22  ab And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ac Every firstborn male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord ad “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

25 And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was ae righteous and devout af looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And ag it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not ah see death before he had seen the Lord’s
I.e. Messiah
27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
Lit to do for Him according to
ak to carry out for Him the custom of the Law,
28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace,
al According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have am seen Your salvation,
31 Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32  an A Light
Or for
of revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”

33 And His father and ap mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary aq His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for ar the fall and
Or resurrection
rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed
35 and a sword will pierce even your own soulto the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

36 And there was a at prophetess,
Or Hannah
Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of av the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in
Lit days
years ax and had lived with her husband seven years after her
Lit virginity
37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with az fastings and prayers. 38 At that very
Lit hour
moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were bb looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Return to Nazareth

39 When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to bc their own city of Nazareth. 40  bd The Child continued to grow and become strong
Lit becoming full of
increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Visit to Jerusalem

41 Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at bf the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast; 43 and as they were returning, after spending the bg full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, 44 but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day’s journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. 46 Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him bh were amazed at His understanding and His answers. 48 When they saw Him, they were astonished; and bi His mother said to Him,
Or Child
Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold bk Your father and I
Lit are looking
have been anxiously looking for You.”
49 And He said to them, Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that bm I had to be in My Father’s
Or affairs; lit in the things of My Father
50 But bo they did not understand the statement which He
Lit had spoken
had made to them.
51 And He went down with them and came to bq Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and br His mother bs treasured all these
Lit words
things in her heart.

52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and
Or age
stature, and in bv favor with God and men.
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