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1 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 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.
8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
12 "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased." 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us." 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. 21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.
22 And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 22 When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "EVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD "), 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord" ),
24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, "A PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS." 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."
25 And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 "Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; 29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32 A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, And the glory of Your people Israel." 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
33 And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. 33 The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed - 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,
35 and a sword will pierce even your own soul -to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed." 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four . She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
38 At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth. 39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
40 The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
41 Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 41 Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.
42 And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast; 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
43 and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it, 43 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
44 but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day's journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
45 When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
46 Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
48 When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You." 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."
49 And He said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's house?" 49 "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"
50 But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them. 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.