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1 Now it came about in those days that an order went out from Caesar Augustus that there was to be a numbering of all the world. 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 numbering, which was made when Quirinius was ruler of Syria. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all men went to be numbered, everyone to his town. 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
4 And Joseph went up from Galilee, out of the town of Nazareth, into Judaea, to Beth-lehem, the town of David, 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 To be put on the list with Mary, his future wife, who was about to become a mother. 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 give birth. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 And she had her first son; and folding him in linen, she put him to rest in the place where the cattle had their food, because there was no room for them in the house. 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 the same country there were keepers of sheep in the fields, watching 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 came to them, and the glory of the Lord was shining round about them: and fear came on them. 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, Have no fear; for truly, I give 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 on this day, in the town of David, a Saviour has come to birth, 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 is the sign to you: you will see a young child folded in linen, in the place where the cattle have their food. 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 great band of spirits from heaven, giving praise to 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 the earth peace among men with whom he is well pleased. 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15 And when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the keepers of the sheep said to one another, Let us go now to Beth-lehem, and see this thing which has come about, which the Lord has made clear 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 came quickly, and saw Mary and Joseph, and the child in the place where the cattle had their food. 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 gave them an account of the things which had been said to them about the child. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 And all those to whose ears it came were full of wonder at the things said by the keepers of the sheep. 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary kept all these words in her heart, and gave much thought to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 Then the keepers of the sheep went back, giving glory and praise to God for all the things which had come to their ears and which they had seen, as it had been said 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 And when, after eight days, the time came for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name which the angel had given to him before his birth. 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 necessary days for making them clean by the law of Moses had come to an end, they took him to Jerusalem to give 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 says in the law of the Lord, Every mother's first male child is to be 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 make an offering, as it is ordered in the law of the Lord, of two doves or other young birds. 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 then in Jerusalem a man whose name was Simeon; and he was an upright man, fearing God and waiting for the comfort of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was on 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 he had knowledge, through the Holy Spirit, that he would not see death till 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 full of the Spirit he came into the Temple; and when the father and mother came in with the child Jesus, to do with him what was ordered by 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 in his arms and gave praise to God and said, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 Now you are letting your servant go in peace, O Lord, as you have said; 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 made ready before the face of all nations; 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 full of wonder at the things which were said about him. 33 The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
34 And Simeon gave them his blessing and said to Mary, his mother, See, this child will be the cause of the downfall and the lifting up of great numbers of people in Israel, and he will be a sign against which hard words will be said; 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 go through your heart;) so that the secret thoughts of men may come to light. 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
36 And there was one, Anna, a woman prophet, the daughter of Phanuel, of the family of Asher (she was very old, and after 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 She had been a widow for eighty-four years); she was in the Temple at all times, worshipping with prayers and going without food, 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 time, she gave praise to God, talking of him to all those who were waiting for the freeing 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 done all the things which were ordered by the law of the Lord, they went back to Galilee, to Nazareth, the town where they were living. 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 became tall and strong and full of wisdom, and the grace of God was on him. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
41 And every year his father and mother went 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 their way was, to the feast; 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
43 And when the days of the feast came to an end and they were going back, the boy Jesus was still in Jerusalem, but they had no knowledge 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 And in the belief that he was with some of their number, they went a day's journey; and after looking for him among their relations and friends, 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 seeing that he was not there, they went back to Jerusalem, to make search for him. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
46 And after three days they came across him in the Temple, seated among the wise men, giving ear to their words and putting questions to them. 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 to whose ears it came were full of wonder at his knowledge and the answers which he gave. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
48 And when they saw him they were surprised, and his mother said to him, Son, why have you done this to us? see, your father and I have been looking for you with sorrow. 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 were you looking for me? was it not clear to you that my right place was 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 his words seemed strange 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 did as he was ordered: and his mother kept all these words 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 was increasing in wisdom and in years, and in grace before God and men. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.