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1 At that time, Augustus Caesar sent an order that all people in the countries under Roman rule must list their names in a register. 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 registration; it was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to their own towns to be registered. 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
4 So Joseph left Nazareth, a town in Galilee, and went to the town of Bethlehem in Judea, known as the town of David. Joseph went there because he was from the 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 Joseph registered with Mary, to whom he was engagedn and who was now 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 in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have the baby, 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 and she gave birth to her first son. Because there were no rooms left in the inn, she wrapped the baby with pieces of cloth and laid him in a box where animals are fed. 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 That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and they became very frightened. 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 to them, "Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a 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 Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
12 This is how you will know him: You will find a baby wrapped in pieces of cloth and lying in a feeding box." 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13 Then a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel, praising God and saying: 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 "Give glory to God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace among the people who please God." 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15 When the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, "Let's go to Bethlehem. Let's see this thing that has happened which the Lord has told us about." 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 the shepherds went quickly and found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in a feeding box. 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
17 When they had seen him, they told 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 Everyone was amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary treasured these things and continued to think about them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 Then the shepherds went back to their sheep, praising God and thanking him for everything they had seen and heard. 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 When the baby was eight days old, he was circumcised and was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before the baby began to grow inside Mary. 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 When the time came for Mary and Joseph to do what the law of Moses taught about being made pure, they took Jesus 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 (It is written in the law of the Lord: "Every firstborn male shall be given 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 Mary and Joseph also went to offer a sacrifice, as the law of the Lord says: "You must sacrifice two 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 In Jerusalem lived a man named Simeon who was a good man and godly. He was waiting for the time when God would take away Israel's sorrow, and the Holy Spirit was in 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 Simeon had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he saw the Christ promised by the Lord. 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 The Spirit led Simeon to the Temple. When Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the Temple to do what the law said they must do, 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 baby in his arms and thanked God: 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 "Now, Lord, you can let me, your servant, die in peace as you said. 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 prepared before all people. 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32 It is a light for the non-Jewish people to see and an honor for your people, the Israelites." 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
33 Jesus' father and mother were amazed at what Simeon had said about him. 33 The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, "God has chosen this child to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God that many people will not accept 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 so that the thoughts of many will be made known. And the things that will happen will make your heart sad, too." 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
36 There was a prophetess, Anna, from the family of Phanuel in the tribe of Asher. Anna was very old. She had once been married for 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 Then her husband died, and she was a widow for eighty-four years. Anna never left the Temple but worshiped God, going without food and praying day and night. 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 Standing there at that time, she thanked God and spoke about Jesus to all who were waiting for God to free 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 Joseph and Mary had done everything the law of the Lord commanded, they went home to Nazareth, their own town in Galilee. 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 The little child grew and became strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God's goodness 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 Every year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. 41 Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.
42 When he was twelve years old, they went to the feast as they always did. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
43 After the feast days were over, they started home. The boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but 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 Thinking that Jesus was with them in the group, they traveled for a whole day. Then they began to look for him among their family 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 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him there. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
46 After three days they found Jesus sitting in the Temple with 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 All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and answers. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
48 When Jesus' parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why did you do this to us? Your father and I were very worried about you and have been 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 Jesus said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you 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 But they did not understand the meaning of what he said. 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Jesus went with them to Nazareth and was obedient to them. But his mother kept in her mind all that had happened. 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 Jesus became wiser and grew physically. People liked him, and he pleased God. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.