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Luke 2

Chapter 2

2:1  And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

world

(Greek - oijkoumevnh = "inhabited earth)." This passage is noteworthy as defining the usual N.T. use of oikoumene as the sphere of Roman rule at its greatest extent, that is, of the great Gentile world-monarchies Daniel 2:7 . That part of the earth is therefore peculiarly the sphere of prophecy.

2:9  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

angel

(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4")

2:11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Saviour

(See Scofield "Romans 1:16")

2:13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

angel

(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4")

2:14  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

on earth

Cf. (See Scofield "Matthew 10:34")

2:15  And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

angels

(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4")

2:25  And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

just and devout

righteousness

The O.T. righteousness. Summary: In the O.T. "righteous" and "just" are English words used to translate the Hebrew words yasher, "upright"; tsadiq, "just"; tsidkah, "righteous." In all of these words but one idea inheres: the righteous, or just, man is so called, because he is right with God; and he is right with God because he has walked "in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless" Luke 1:6 ; Romans 10:5 ; Philemon 3:6 . The O.T. righteous man was not sinless Ecclesiastes 7:20, but one who, for all his sins, resorted to the ordinances, and offered in faith the required sacrifice (e.g.) Leviticus 4:27-35 CF. "Righteousness (N.T.), (See Scofield "Romans 10:10") and Paul's contrast, Philippians 3:4-9 .

2:30  For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

salvation

(See Scofield "Romans 1:16")

2:38  And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

redemption

(See Scofield "Romans 3:24")

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