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1IN THOSE days it occurred that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole Roman empire should be registered.

2This was the first enrollment, and it was made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.

3And all the people were going to be registered, each to his own city {or} town.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,

5To be enrolled with Mary, his espoused (married) wife, who was about to become a mother.

6And while they were there, the time came for her delivery,

7And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room {or} place for them in the inn.

8And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night.

9And {behold,} an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed {and} shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened.

10But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.

11For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!

12And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find [after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. [I Sam. 2:34; II Kings 19:29; Isa. 7:14.]

13Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor].

15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing (saying) that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.

16So they went with haste and [by searching] found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger.

17And when they saw it, they made known what had been told them concerning this Child,

18And all who heard it were astounded {and} marveled at what the shepherds told them.

19But Mary was keeping within herself all these things (sayings), weighing {and} pondering them in her heart.

20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.

21And at the end of eight days, when [the Baby] was to be circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

22And when the time for their purification [the mother's purification and the Baby's dedication] came according to the Law of Moses, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord--

23As it is written in the Law of the Lord, Every [firstborn] male that opens the womb shall be set apart {and} dedicated {and} called holy to the Lord--

24And [they came also] to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.

25Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout [cautiously and carefully observing the divine Law], and looking for the Consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

26And it had been divinely revealed (communicated) to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

27And prompted by the [Holy] Spirit, he came into the temple [enclosure]; and when the parents brought in the little child Jesus to do for Him what was customary according to the Law,

28[Simeon] took Him up in his arms and praised {and} thanked God and said,

29And now, Lord, You are releasing Your servant to depart (leave this world) in peace, according to Your word.

30For with my [own] eyes I have seen Your Salvation,

31Which You have ordained {and} prepared before (in the presence of) all peoples,

32A Light for revelation to the Gentiles [to disclose what was before unknown] and [to bring] praise {and} honor {and} glory to Your people Israel.

33And His [legal] father and [His] mother were marveling at what was said about Him.

34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, Behold, this Child is appointed {and} destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against--

35And a sword will pierce through your own soul also--that the secret thoughts {and} purposes of many hearts may be brought out {and} disclosed.

36And there was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old, having lived with her husband seven years from her maidenhood,

37And as a widow even for eighty-four years. She did not go out from the temple enclosure, but was worshiping night and day with fasting and prayer.

38And she too came up at that same hour, and she returned thanks to God and talked of [Jesus] to all who were looking for the redemption (deliverance) of Jerusalem.

39And when they had done everything according to the Law of the Lord, they went back into Galilee to their own town, Nazareth.

40And the Child grew and became strong {in spirit,} filled with wisdom; and the grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of God was upon Him.

41Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year to the Passover Feast.

42And when He was twelve years [old], they went up, as was their custom.

43And when the Feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem. Now His parents did not know this,

44But, supposing Him to be in the caravan, they traveled on a day's journey; and [then] they sought Him [diligently, looking up and down for Him] among their kinsfolk and acquaintances.

45And when they failed to find Him, they went back to Jerusalem, looking for Him [up and down] all the way.

46After three days they found Him [came upon Him] in the [court of the] temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

47And all who heard Him were astonished {and} overwhelmed with bewildered wonder at His intelligence {and} understanding and His replies.

48And when they [Joseph and Mary] saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, Child, why have You treated us like this? Here Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You [distressed and tormented].

49And He said to them, How is it that you had to look for Me? Did you not see {and} know that it is necessary [as a duty] for Me to be in My Father's house {and} [occupied] about My Father's business?

50But they did not comprehend what He was saying to them.

51And He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was [habitually] obedient to them; and his mother kept {and} closely and persistently guarded all these things in her heart.

52And Jesus increased in wisdom (in broad and full understanding) and in stature {and} years, and in favor with God and man.

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