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1 Just at this time an edict was issued by Caesar Augustus for the registration of the whole Empire. 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2 It was the first registration made during the governorship of Quirinius in Syria; 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 and all went to be registered--every one to the town to which he belonged. 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
4 So Joseph went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judaea, to David's town of 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 have himself registered together with Mary, who was betrothed 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 But while they were there, her full time came, 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 round, 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 Now there were shepherds in the same part of the country, keeping watch over their sheep by night in the open fields, 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 when suddenly an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round them; and they were filled with terror. 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, "Put away all fear; for I am bringing you good news of great joy--joy 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 a Saviour who is the Anointed Lord is born to you to-day, in the town of David. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
12 And this is the token for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes 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 immediately there was with the angel a multitude of the army of Heaven praising God and saying, 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 "Glory be to God in the highest Heavens, And on earth peace among men who please Him!" 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15 Then, as soon as the angels had left them and returned to Heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go over as far as Bethlehem and see this 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 made haste and came and found Mary and Joseph, with the babe lying in the 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 the child, they told what had been said to them about Him; 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 and all who listened were astonished at what the shepherds told them. 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary treasured up all these things, often dwelling on them in her mind. 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 that they had heard and seen in accordance with the announcement made to 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 When eight days had passed and the time for circumcising Him had come, He was called JESUS, the name given Him by the angel before His conception 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 appointed by the Law of Moses had passed, they took 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 first-born male 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 they also offered a sacrifice as commanded in the Law of the Lord, "a pair of turtle doves 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 of the name of Symeon, an upright and God-fearing man, who was waiting 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 To him it had been revealed by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death until he had seen the Lord's Anointed One. 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 Led by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do with regard to 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 "Now, O Sovereign Lord, Thou dost send Thy servant away in peace, in fulfilment of Thy word, 29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 Because mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 Which Thou hast made ready in the sight of all nations-- 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32 A light to shine upon the Gentiles, And the glory of Thy people Israel." 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
33 And while the child's father and mother were wondering at the words of Symeon concerning Him, 33 The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
34 Symeon blessed them and said to Mary the mother, "This child is appointed for the falling and the uprising of many in Israel and for a token to be 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 the reasonings in 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 There was also Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, belonging to the tribe of Asher. She was of a very great age, having had after her maidenhood seven years of married life, 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 being a widow of eighty-four years. She was never absent from the Temple, but worshipped, by day and by night, with fasting and prayer. 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 just at that moment, she gave thanks to God, and spoke about the child to all who were expecting the deliverance 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 Then, as soon as they had accomplished all that the Law required, they returned to Galilee to their own town 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 And the child grew and became strong and full of wisdom, and the favour of God rested 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 used to go up year by year to Jerusalem 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 as was customary at the time of the Feast, and, 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
43 after staying the full number of days, when they started back home the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not discover this, 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 travelling company, they proceeded a day's journey. Then they searched up and down 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 but being unable to find Him they returned to Jerusalem, making anxious inquiry for Him. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
46 On the third day they found Him in the Temple sitting among the Rabbis, 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 while all who heard Him were astonished at His intelligence and at the answers He gave. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
48 When they saw Him, they were smitten with amazement, and His mother said to Him, "My child, why have you behaved thus to us? Your father and I have been searching for you in anguish." 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 "Why is it that you have been searching for me?" He replied; "did you not know that it is my duty to be engaged upon my Father's business?" 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 significance of these words. 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was always obedient to them; but His mother carefully treasured up all these incidents in her memory. 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 as Jesus grew older He gained in both wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.