Luke 2:2-12 NIV

2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)1

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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 Bethlehem2 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 him3 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 angel4 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.5 I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

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      11 Today in the town of David a Savior6 has been born to you; he is Christa7 the Lord.8

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        • a 2:11 - Or "Messiah." "The Christ" (Greek) and "the Messiah" (Hebrew) both mean "the Anointed One"; also in verse 26.
          12 This will be a sign9 to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

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