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Luke 2



1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
1 About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire.
2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
2 This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town.
3 Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
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.
5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
5 He went with Mary, his fiancŽe, who was pregnant.
6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
6 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
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.
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
8 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep.
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.
9 Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified.
10 And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
10 The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide:
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
11 A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.
12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."
12 This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger."
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
13 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises:
14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"
14 Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us."
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."
16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.
16 They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.
17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.
17 Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child.
18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
18 All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
19 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
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!
21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
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.
22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
22 Then when the days stipulated by Moses for purification were complete, they took him up to Jerusalem to offer him to God
23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord")
23 as commanded in God's Law: "Every male who opens the womb shall be a holy offering to God,"
24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."
24 and also to sacrifice the "pair of doves or two young pigeons" prescribed in God's Law.
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
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.
26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
26 The Holy Spirit had shown him that he would see the Messiah of God before he died.
27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law,
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,
28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
28 Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God:
29 "Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;
29 God, you can now release your servant; release me in peace as you promised.
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation
30 With my own eyes I've seen your salvation;
31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
31 it's now out in the open for everyone to see:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel."
32 A God-revealing light to the non-Jewish nations, and of glory for your people Israel.
33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.
33 Jesus' father and mother were speechless with surprise at these words.
34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed
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 -
35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."
35 the pain of a sword-thrust through you - But the rejection will force honesty, as God reveals who they really are.
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin,
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
37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.
37 and a widow for eighty-four. She never left the Temple area, worshiping night and day with her fastings and prayers.
38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
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.
39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
39 When they finished everything required by God in the Law, they returned to Galilee and their own town, Nazareth.
40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.
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
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.
41 Every year Jesus' parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover.
42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom.
42 When he was twelve years old, they went up as they always did for the Feast.
43 And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it,
43 When it was over and they left for home, the child Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents didn't know it.
44 but supposing him to be in the group they went a day's journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
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.
45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him.
45 When they didn't find him, they went back to Jerusalem looking for him.
46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
46 The next day they found him in the Temple seated among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions.
47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
47 The teachers were all quite taken with him, impressed with the sharpness of his answers.
48 And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress."
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."
49 And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
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?"
50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them.
50 But they had no idea what he was talking about.
51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.
51 So he went back to Nazareth with them, and lived obediently with them. His mother held these things dearly, deep within herself.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
52 And Jesus matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people.
The English Standard Version is published with the permission of Good News Publishers.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.