Luke 2:1-10 NIV

The Birth of Jesus

1 In those days Caesar Augustus1 issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.2

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2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)3

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3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem4 the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.

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5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him5 and was expecting a child.

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6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

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      9 An angel6 of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

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      10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid.7 I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

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