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1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should 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 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 All returned to their own towns to register for this census. 3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 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 took with him Mary, his fianc'e, who was obviously pregnant by this time. 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 baby to be born. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village 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 That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, 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 reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! 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 The Savior -- yes, the Messiah, the Lord -- has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city 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 how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!" 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others -- the armies of heaven -- praising 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 all whom God favors. " 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, "Come on, let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see this wonderful 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 They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was 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 Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them 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 shepherds' story were astonished, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said. 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 Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even 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 it was time for the purification offering, as required by the law of Moses after the birth of a child; so his parents took him 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 The law of the Lord says, "If a woman's first child is a boy, he must 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 So they offered a sacrifice according to what was required in the law of the Lord -- "either a pair of turtledoves 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 named Simeon who lived in Jerusalem. He was a righteous man and very devout. He was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he eagerly expected the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. 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 revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord's 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 That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as 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 was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 "Lord, now I can die in peace! As you promised me, 29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 I have seen the Savior 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 you have given to all people. 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!" 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
33 Joseph and Mary were amazed at what was being said about Jesus. 33 The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, "This child will be rejected by many in Israel, and it will be their undoing. But he will be the greatest joy to many others. 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 Thus, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul." 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
36 Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, and was very old. She was a widow, for her husband had died when they had been married only 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 She was now eighty-four years old. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God 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 She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she began praising God. She talked about Jesus to everyone who had been waiting for the promised King to come and deliver 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 Jesus' parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth 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 There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom beyond his years, and God placed his special favor 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 festival. 41 Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.
42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom.
43 After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn't miss him at first, 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 because they assumed he was with friends among the other travelers. But when he didn't show up that evening, they started to look for him among their relatives 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 couldn't find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
46 Three days later they finally discovered him. He was in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, discussing deep questions with 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 who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
48 His parents didn't know what to think. "Son!" his mother said to him. "Why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere." 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 "But why did you need to search?" he asked. "You should have known that I would 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 didn't understand what he meant. 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them; and his mother stored all these things 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 So Jesus grew both in height and in wisdom, and he was loved by God and by all who knew him. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.