Bible: Luke 2

The Census and the Birth of Jesus

2:1 Now 1  in those days a decree 2  went out from Caesar 3  Augustus 4  to register 5  all the empire 6  for taxes. 2:2 This was the first registration, taken when Quirinius was governor 7  of Syria. 2:3 Everyone 8  went to his own town 9  to be registered. 2:4 So 10  Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth 11  in Galilee to Judea, to the city 12  of David called Bethlehem, 13  because he was of the house 14  and family line 15  of David. 2:5 He went 16  to be registered with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him, 17  and who was expecting a child. 2:6 While 18  they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 19  2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in strips of cloth 20  and laid him in a manger, 21  because there was no place for them in the inn. 22 

The Shepherds’ Visit

2:8 Now 23  there were shepherds 24  nearby 25  living out in the field, keeping guard 26  over their flock at night. 2:9 An 27  angel of the Lord 28  appeared to 29  them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified. 30  2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid! Listen carefully, 31  for I proclaim to you good news 32  that brings great joy to all the people: 2:11 Today 33  your Savior is born in the city 34  of David. 35  He is Christ 36  the Lord. 2:12 This 37  will be a sign 38  for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” 39  2:13 Suddenly 40  a vast, heavenly army 41  appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

2:14Glory 42  to God in the highest,

and on earth peace among people 43  with whom he is pleased! 44 

2:15 When 45  the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem 46  and see this thing that has taken place, that the Lord 47  has made known to us.” 2:16 So they hurried off and located Mary and Joseph, and found the baby lying in a manger. 48  2:17 When 49  they saw him, 50  they related what they had been told 51  about this child, 2:18 and all who heard it were astonished 52  at what the shepherds said. 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean. 53  2:20 So 54  the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising 55  God for all they had heard and seen; everything was just as they had been told. 56 

2:21 At 57  the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given by the angel 58  before he was conceived in the womb.

Jesus’ Presentation at the Temple

2:22 Now 59  when the time came for their 60  purification according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary 61  brought Jesus 62  up to Jerusalem 63  to present him to the Lord 2:23 (just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male 64  will be set apart to the Lord 65 ), 2:24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is specified in the law of the Lord, a pair of doves 66  or two young pigeons. 67 

The Prophecy of Simeon

2:25 Now 68  there was a man in Jerusalem 69  named Simeon who was righteous 70  and devout, looking for the restoration 71  of Israel, and the Holy Spirit 72  was upon him. 2:26 It 73  had been revealed 74  to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die 75  before 76  he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 77  2:27 So 78  Simeon, 79  directed by the Spirit, 80  came into the temple courts, 81  and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what was customary according to the law, 82  2:28 Simeon 83  took him in his arms and blessed God, saying, 84 

2:29Now, according to your word, 85  Sovereign Lord, 86  permit 87  your servant 88  to depart 89  in peace.

2:30 For my eyes have seen your salvation 90 

2:31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples: 91 

2:32 a light, 92 

for revelation to the Gentiles,

and for glory 93  to your people Israel.”

2:33 So 94  the child’s 95  father 96  and mother were amazed 97  at what was said about him. 2:34 Then 98  Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “Listen carefully: 99  This child 100  is destined to be the cause of the falling and rising 101  of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be rejected. 102  2:35 Indeed, as a result of him the thoughts 103  of many hearts will be revealed 104 and a sword 105  will pierce your own soul as well! 106 

The Testimony of Anna

2:36 There was also a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old, 107  having been married to her husband for seven years until his death. 2:37 She had lived as a widow since then for eighty-four years. 108  She never left the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 109  2:38 At that moment, 110  she came up to them 111  and began to give thanks to God and to speak 112  about the child 113  to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 114 

2:39 So 115  when Joseph and Mary 116  had performed 117  everything according to the law of the Lord, 118  they returned to Galilee, to their own town 119  of Nazareth. 120  2:40 And the child grew and became strong, 121  filled with wisdom, 122  and the favor 123  of God 124  was upon him.

Jesus in the Temple

2:41 Now 125  Jesus 126  parents went to Jerusalem 127  every 128  year for the feast of the Passover. 129  2:42 When 130  he was twelve years old, 131  they went up 132  according to custom. 2:43 But 133  when the feast was over, 134  as they were returning home, 135  the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His 136  parents 137  did not know it, 2:44 but (because they assumed that he was in their group of travelers) 138  they went a day’s journey. Then 139  they began to look for him among their relatives and acquaintances. 140  2:45 When 141  they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem 142  to look for him. 2:46 After 143  three days 144  they found him in the temple courts, 145  sitting among the teachers, 146  listening to them and asking them questions. 2:47 And all who heard Jesus 147  were astonished 148  at his understanding and his answers. 2:48 When 149  his parents 150  saw him, they were overwhelmed. His 151  mother said to him, “Child, 152  why have you treated 153  us like this? Look, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously.” 154  2:49 But 155  he replied, 156 Why were you looking for me? 157  Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house? 158  2:50 Yet 159  his parents 160  did not understand 161  the remark 162  he made 163  to them. 2:51 Then 164  he went down with them and came to Nazareth, 165  and was obedient 166  to them. But 167  his mother kept all these things 168  in her heart. 169 

2:52 And Jesus increased 170  in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with people.

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