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1IN those days a decree was issued by the emperor Augustus for a census to be taken throughout the Roman world.

2This was the first registration of its kind; it took place when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

3Everyone made his way to his own town to be registered.

4Joseph went up to Judaea from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to register in the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was of the house of David by descent; and with him went Mary, his betrothed, who was expecting her child.

5(2:4)

6While they were there the time came for her to have her baby,

7and she gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn.

8Now in this same district there were shepherds out in the fields, keeping watch through the night over their flock.

9Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone round them. They were terrified,

10but the angel said, “Do not be afraid; I bring you good news, news of great joy for the whole nation.

11Today there has been born to you in the city of David a deliverer -- the Messiah, the Lord.

12This will be the sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.”

13All at once there was with the angel a great company of the heavenly host, singing praise to God:

14“Glory to God in highest heaven, and on earth peace to all in whom he delights.”

15After the angels had left them and returned to heaven the shepherds said to one another, “Come, let us go straight to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

16They hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.

17When they saw the child, they related what they had been told about him;

18and all who heard were astonished at what the shepherds said.

19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered over them.

20The shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for what they had heard and seen; it had all happened as they had been told.

21Eight days later the time came to circumcise him, and he was given the name Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived.

22Then, after the purification had been completed in accordance with the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

23(as prescribed in the law of the Lord: “Every firstborn male shall be deemed to belong to the Lord”),

24and also to make the offering as stated in the law: “a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons”.

25There was at that time in Jerusalem a man called Simeon. This man was upright and devout, one who watched and waited for the restoration of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had seen the Lord's Messiah.

27Guided by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the law required,

28he took him in his arms, praised God, and said:

29“Now, Lord, you are releasing your servant in peace, according to your promise.

30For I have seen with my own eyes the deliverance

31you have made ready in full view of all nations:

32a light that will bring revelation to the Gentiles and glory to your people Israel.”

33The child's father and mother were full of wonder at what was being said about him.

34Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “This child is destined to be a sign that will be rejected; and you too will be pierced to the heart. Many in Israel will stand or fall because of him; and so the secret thoughts of many will be laid bare.”

35(2:34)

36There was also a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was a very old woman, who had lived seven years with her husband after she was first married,

37and then alone as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshipped night and day with fasting and prayer.

38Coming up at that very moment, she gave thanks to God; and she talked about the child to all who were looking for the liberation of Jerusalem.

39When they had done everything prescribed in the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.

40The child grew big and strong and full of wisdom; and God's favour was upon him.

41Now it was the practice of his parents to go to Jerusalem every year for the Passover festival;

42and when he was twelve, they made the pilgrimage as usual.

43When the festive season was over and they set off for home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know of this;

44but supposing that he was with the party they travelled for a whole day, and only then did they begin looking for him among their friends and relations.

45When they could not find him they returned to Jerusalem to look for him;

46and after three days they found him sitting in the temple surrounded by the teachers, listening to them and putting questions;

47and all who heard him were amazed at his intelligence and the answers he gave.

48His parents were astonished to see him there, and his mother said to him, “My son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

49“Why did you search for me?” he said. “Did you not know that I was bound to be in my Father's house?”

50But they did not understand what he meant.

51Then he went back with them to Nazareth, and continued to be under their authority; his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.

52As Jesus grew he advanced in wisdom and in favour with God and men.


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