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1 About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. 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 when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
4 So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. 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 with Mary, his fiancŽe, who was pregnant. 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 time came for her to give birth. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel. 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 sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: 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 A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
12 This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket 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 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises: 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him. 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed 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 They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and 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 Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 All who heard the sheepherders were impressed. 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told! 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 the eighth day arrived, the day of circumcision, the child was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was 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 Then when the days stipulated by Moses for purification were complete, they took him up to Jerusalem to offer him to God 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 commanded in God's Law: "Every male who opens the womb shall be a holy offering to God," 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord" ),
24 and also to sacrifice the "pair of doves or two young pigeons" prescribed in God's Law. 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 In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name, a good man, a man who lived in the prayerful expectancy of help for 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 The Holy Spirit had shown him that he would see the Messiah of God before he died. 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 entered the Temple. As the parents of the child Jesus brought him in to carry out the rituals 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 Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God: 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 God, you can now release your servant; release me in peace as you promised. 29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 With my own eyes I've seen your salvation; 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 it's now out in the open for everyone to see: 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32 A God-revealing light to the non-Jewish nations, and of glory for your people Israel. 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
33 Jesus' father and mother were speechless with surprise at these words. 33 The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
34 Simeon went on to bless them, and said to Mary his mother, This child marks both the failure and the recovery of many in Israel, A figure misunderstood and contradicted - 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 the pain of a sword-thrust through you - But the rejection will force honesty, as God reveals who they really are. 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
36 Anna the prophetess was also there, a daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was by now a very old woman. She had been married seven years 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 a widow for eighty-four. She never left the Temple area, worshiping night and day with her 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 the very time Simeon was praying, she showed up, broke into an anthem of praise to God, and talked about the child to all who were waiting expectantly 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 When they finished everything required by God in the Law, they returned to Galilee and their own town, 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 There the child grew strong in body and wise in spirit. And the grace of God was on him. They Found Him in the Temple 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
41 Every year Jesus' parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover. 41 Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.
42 When he was twelve years old, they went up as they always did for the Feast. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
43 When it was over and they left for home, the child Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents didn't 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 Thinking he was somewhere in the company of pilgrims, they journeyed for a whole day and then began looking for him among relatives and neighbors. 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 didn't find him, they went back to Jerusalem looking for him. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
46 The next day they found him in the Temple seated among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
47 The teachers were all quite taken with him, impressed with the sharpness of his answers. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
48 But his parents were not impressed; they were upset and hurt. His mother said, "Young man, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been half out of our minds 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 He said, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know that I had to be here, dealing with the things of my Father?" 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 had no idea what he was talking about. 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 So he went back to Nazareth with them, and lived obediently with them. His mother held these things dearly, deep within herself. 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 matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.