Luke 2:9

9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Luke 2:9 in Other Translations

KJV
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
ESV
9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.
NLT
9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified,
MSG
9 Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified.
CSB
9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Luke 2:9 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 2:9

And lo, the angel of the Lord
It may be Gabriel, who had brought the tidings of the conception of the Messiah to the virgin, and now the birth of him to the shepherds:

came upon them;
on a sudden, unexpectedly, at once, and stood by them, as some versions read; or rather, stood over them, over their heads, just above them; so that he was easily and perfectly seen by them;

and the glory of the Lord shone round about them;
or a very glorious and extraordinary light shone with surprising lustre and brightness all around them; by which light, they could discern the illustrious form of the angel that was over them:

and they were sore afraid;
at the sight of such a personage, and at such unusual light and glory about them: they were not used to such appearances, and were awed with the majesty of God, of which these were symbols, and were conscious to themselves of their own sinfulness and frailty.

Luke 2:9 In-Context

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 guest room available for them.
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 around them, and they were terrified.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Luke 1:11; S Acts 5:19