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1 In those days Caesar Augustus declared that everyone throughout the empire should be enrolled in the tax lists.
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.
2 This first enrollment occurred when Quirinius governed Syria.
This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3 Everyone went to their own cities to be enrolled.
All went to their own towns to be registered.
4 Since Joseph belonged to David's house and family line, he went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to David's city, called Bethlehem, in Judea.
Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.
5 He went to be enrolled together with Mary, who was promised to him in marriage and who was pregnant.
He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.
6 While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby.
While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.
7 She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the guestroom.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 Nearby shepherds were living in the fields, guarding their sheep at night.
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 The Lord's angel stood before them, the Lord's glory shone around them, and they were terrified.
Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 The angel said, "Don't be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:
11 Your savior is born today in David's city. He is Christ the Lord.
to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
12 This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger."
This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger."
13 Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said,
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors."
"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"
15 When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, "Let's go right now to Bethlehem and see what's happened. Let's confirm what the Lord has revealed to us."
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."
16 They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.
So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.
17 When they saw this, they reported what they had been told about this child.
When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;
18 Everyone who heard it was amazed at what the shepherds told them.
and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.
19 Mary committed these things to memory and considered them carefully.
But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds returned home, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. Everything happened just as they had been told.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
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