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1 At that time Emperor Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2 When this first census took place, Quirinius was the governor of Syria. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 Everyone, then, went to register himself, each to his own hometown. 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
4 Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, the birthplace of King David. Joseph went there because he was a descendant 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 He went to register with Mary, who was promised in marriage to him. She was pregnant, 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 in Bethlehem, the time came for her to have her baby. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger - there was no room for them to stay 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 There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid, 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, "Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy 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 This very day in David's town your Savior was born - 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 what will prove it to 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 Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God: 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those 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 back 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." 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 hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger. 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
17 When the shepherds saw him, they told them what the angel had said about the child. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said. 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds went back, singing praises to God for all they had heard and seen; it had been just as the angel had 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 A week later, when the time came for the baby to be circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name which the angel had given him before he had been conceived. 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 The time came for Joseph and Mary to perform the ceremony of purification, as the Law of Moses commanded. So they took the child 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 is to be dedicated 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 They also went to offer a sacrifice of a pair of doves or two young pigeons, as required by the law of the Lord. 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 At that time there was a man named Simeon living in Jerusalem. He was a good, God-fearing man and was waiting for Israel to be saved. The Holy Spirit was with 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 had assured him that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's promised Messiah. 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, Simeon went into the Temple. When the parents brought the child Jesus into the Temple to do for him what the Law required, 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 Simeon took the child in his arms and gave thanks to God: 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 "Now, Lord, you have kept your promise, and you may let your servant go in peace. 29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 With my own eyes I 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 to reveal your will to the Gentiles and bring glory to your people Israel." 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
33 The child's father and mother were amazed at the things Simeon said about him. 33 The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
34 Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, "This child is chosen by God for the destruction and the salvation of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God which many people will speak 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 so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart." 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
36 There was a very old prophet, a widow named Anna, daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She had been married for only seven years and was now eighty-four years old. She never left the Temple; day and night she worshiped God, fasting and praying. 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,
38 That very same hour she arrived and gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were waiting for God to set Jerusalem free. 38 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
39 When Joseph and Mary had finished doing all that was required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to their hometown of Nazareth in Galilee. 39 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.
40 The child grew and became strong; he was full of wisdom, and God's blessings were upon him. 40 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
41 Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. 41 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they went to the festival as usual. 42 Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.
43 When the festival was over, they started back home, but the boy Jesus stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not know this; 43 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
44 they thought that he was with the group, so they traveled a whole day and then started looking for him among their relatives and friends. 44 After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
45 They did not find him, so they went back to Jerusalem looking for him. 45 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
46 On the third day they found him in the Temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions. 46 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
47 All who heard him were amazed at his intelligent answers. 47 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
48 His parents were astonished when they saw him, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been terribly worried trying to find you." 48 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
49 He answered them, "Why did you have to look for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?" 49 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."
50 But they did not understand his answer. 50 "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"
51 So Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, where he was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. 51 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
52 Jesus grew both in body and in wisdom, gaining favor with God and people. 52 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
52 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.