1And it came to passinthosedays, that there went out a decreefromCaesarAugustus, that all the world should be taxed .a2
(And thistaxingwasfirstmade when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3Andallwent to be taxed ,b every oneinto his owncity.4AndJosephalso went upfromGalilee, out of the city of Nazareth,intoJudaea,unto the city of David,which is calledBethlehem; (because hewasof the houseandlineage of David:)
To be taxedcwithMaryhisespousedwife,being great with child.6And so it was , that, whiletheywerethere, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered .
7And she brought forthherfirstbornson,andwrappedhim in swaddling clothes , andlaidhimin a manger;because there wasnoroom for themin the inn.8And there werein the samecountryshepherds abiding in the field , keepingwatchdovertheirflock by night.9And,lo , the angel of the Lord came uponthem,and the glory of the Lord shone round aboutthem:and they were soreafraid .
10And the angelsaid unto them,Fearnot:for,behold , I bringyou good tidings of greatjoy,which shall be to allpeople.11For unto you is born this dayin the city of David a Saviour,whichisChrist the Lord.12Andthis shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes , lyingin a manger.13Andsuddenly there waswith the angel a multitude of the heavenlyhostpraisingGod,andsaying ,
14Glory to Godin the highest,andonearthpeace, good willtowardmen.15And it came to pass , as the angels were gone awayfromthemintoheaven , the shepherdsesaidonetoanother, Let usnowgo even untoBethlehem,andseethisthing which is come to pass , whichtheLord hath made known unto us.16And they came with haste , andfoundMary,andJoseph,and the babelyingin a manger.17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the sayingwhich was toldthemconcerningthischild.18Andall they that heard it wonderedat those things which were toldthemby the shepherds.19ButMarykeptall these things , and pondered them inherheart.20And the shepherdsreturned , glorifyingandpraisingGodfor all the thingsthat they had heardandseen , as it was tolduntothem.21Andwheneightdays were accomplished for the circumcising of the child , hisname was calledJESUS,which was so namedof the angelbeforehe was conceivedin the womb.22Andwhen the days of herpurificationaccording to the law of Moses were accomplished , they broughthimtoJerusalem, to present him to the Lord;23
(As it is writtenin the law of the Lord , Everymale that openeth the womb shall be calledholy to the Lord;)
24And to offer a sacrificeaccording to that which is saidin the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves,ortwoyoungpigeons.25And,behold , there was a maninJerusalem,whosename was Simeon;and the sameman was justanddevout,waiting for the consolation of Israel:and the HolyGhostwasuponhim.26And it wasrevealed unto himby the HolyGhost, that he shouldnotseedeath,beforehe had seen the Lord'sChrist.27And he cameby the Spiritinto the temple:and when the parentsbroughtin the childJesus, to doforhimafter the custom of the law,28Thentookhehimupinhisarms,andblessedGod,andsaid ,
29Lord,now lettest thouthyservantdepartinpeace,according to thyword:30Formineeyes have seenthysalvation,31Which thou hast preparedbefore the face of allpeople;32
A lighttolighten the Gentiles,and the glory of thypeopleIsrael.33AndJosephandhismothermarvelledat those things which were spokenofhim.34AndSimeonblessedthem,andsaiduntoMaryhismother,Behold , this child is setfor the falland rising again of manyinIsrael;andfor a sign which shall be spoken against ;
(Yea, a sword shall pierce throughthyownsoul also,) that the thoughtsofmanyheartsmay be revealed .
36And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel,of the tribe of Aser:she was of a greatage , and had livedwith an husbandsevenyearsfromhervirginity;37Andshe was a widow of aboutfourscore and fouryears,whichdepartednotfrom the temple, but served God with fastingsandprayersnightandday.38Andshe coming inthatinstant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord,andspakeofhim to all them that looked for redemptioninJerusalem.f39Andwhen they had performed all thingsaccording to the law of the Lord, they returnedintoGalilee,to their owncityNazareth.40And the childgrew , and waxed strong in spirit,filled with wisdom:and the grace of Godwasuponhim.41NowhisparentswenttoJerusalemeveryyear at the feast of the passover.42Andwhen he wastwelve years old,they went uptoJerusalemafter the custom of the feast.43And when they had fulfilled the days,astheyreturned , the childJesus tarried behindinJerusalem;andJosephandhismotherknewnot of it.
44But they, supposinghim to have beenin the company,went a day'sjourney;and they soughthimamong their kinsfolkandacquaintance.45And when they foundhimnot, they turned back againtoJerusalem,seekinghim.46And it came to pass , that afterthreedays they foundhimin the temple,sittingin the midst of the doctors,bothhearingthem,andaskingthemquestions .
47Andall that heardhim were astonishedathisunderstandingandanswers.48And when they sawhim, they were amazed : andhismothersaiduntohim,Son,why hast thouthusdealt with us?behold , thyfather and I have soughttheesorrowing .
49And he saiduntothem,How is it that ye soughtme? wist yenotthatImustbeaboutmy Father's business?50Andtheyunderstoodnot the sayingwhich he spake unto them.51And he went downwiththem,andcametoNazareth,andwassubject unto them:buthismotherkeptallthesesayingsinherheart.52AndJesusincreased in wisdomandstature,gand in favourwithGodandman.