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1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 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 enrollment, when Quirin'i-us was governor of Syria. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
4 And 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 lineage 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 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who 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 And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place 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 And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, 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 appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to 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 to you is born this day in the city of David 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 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling 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 was 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 went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem 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 And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
17 And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning 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 what the shepherds told them. 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it 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 at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was 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 time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, 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 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 is 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 Now 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 should 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 inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to 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 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; 29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 for mine eyes have seen thy salvation 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel." 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was 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 set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against 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 through your own soul also), that thoughts out of 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 Phan'u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, 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 as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 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 And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all 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 And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, 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 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor 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 was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
43 and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know 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 supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk 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 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, 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 And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously." 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, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must 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 And they did not understand the saying which he spoke 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 was obedient to them; and his mother kept 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 increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.