THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
1 And in those days a decree went out from aCaesar Augustus for a bcensus to be taken of all the inhabited earth.
2 This was the 1first census that took place when Quirinius agoverned Syria.
3 And all went to be registered, each to his own city.
4 And aJoseph also went up from Galilee out of the city of bNazareth into Judea, to David's city, which is called cBethlehem, because he was of the 1house and family of David,
5 To be registered with Mary, who was engaged to him and was apregnant.
6 And while they were there, the days were fulfilled for her to bear,
7 And she 1abore her bfirstborn son; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a 2manger because there was no place for them in the cinn.
8 And there were 1shepherds in the same region, spending their nights in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And an aangel of the Lord bstood by them, and the cglory of the Lord shone around them; and they dfeared greatly.
10 And the angel said to them, Do anot be afraid; for behold, I bannounce to you good news of cgreat joy, which will be for dall the people,
11 Because today a aSavior has been bborn to you in cDavid's city, who is dChrist the eLord.
12 And this will be the 1sign to you: you will find a 2baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly aarmy, 1bpraising God and saying,
14 1aGlory in the bhighest places to God, and on cearth 1dpeace among 2men of His egood pleasure.
15 And when the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds spoke to one another, Let us go then to Bethlehem and see this 1thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.
16 And they came in haste and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.
17 And when they had seen this, they made known the word which was spoken to them concerning this little child.
18 And all those who heard marveled at the things spoken to them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her aheart.
20 And the shepherds returned, aglorifying and praising God for all the things which they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken to them.
1. Circumcised and Named
21 And when eight days were fulfilled to acircumcise Him, His name was called bJesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
2. Presented and Adored
22 And when the days for their apurification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they bbrought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord
23 (Even as it is written in the alaw of the Lord, b"Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord''),
24 And to give a sacrifice according to what is said in the 1law of the Lord: 2A pair of turtledoves or two young doves.
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. And this man was 1arighteous and bdevout, cwaiting for the 2dconsolation of Israel, and the eHoly Spirit was upon him.
26 And it had been divinely communicated to him by the Holy Spirit that he would anot see death before he had seen the Lord's bChrist.
27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the little child Jesus for them to do according to the custom of the alaw concerning Him,
28 He received Him into his arms and ablessed God and said,
29 Now You release Your slave, Master, according to Your word, in apeace;
30 For my eyes have seen Your 1asalvation,
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all the peoples,
32 A 1alight for revelation to the Gentiles and the bglory of Your people Israel.
33 And His father and mother marveled at the things being spoken about Him.
34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, Behold, this One is 1appointed for the afalling and rising up of many in Israel and for a 2sign bspoken against --
35 And a 1sword will pierce through your own soul also -- so that the reasonings of many hearts may be 2revealed.
36 And there was one Anna, a aprophetess, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of bAsher. She was well advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity,
37 1And she was a awidow up to the age of eighty-four, who did not depart from the temple, 2serving God with bfastings and petitions cnight and day.
38 And at that very hour she came up and returned thanks to God, and spoke concerning Him to all those awaiting for the 1bredemption 2of Jerusalem.
39 And when they had finished all things according to the alaw of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, 1bNazareth.
3. Growing and Advancing
40 And the little child 1grew and became strong, being filled with 2awisdom, and the 3grace of God was upon Him.
41 And His parents went year by year to aJerusalem at the Feast of the bPassover.
42 And when He became 1twelve years old, they went up according to the 2acustom of the feast.
43 And when they had completed the days, while they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, and His parents did not know it.
44 But supposing that He was in the company, they went a day's journey and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
45 And when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem searching for Him.
46 And after three days they found Him in the atemple, sitting in the midst of the bteachers, both hearing them and questioning them.
47 And all those who heard Him were aamazed at His understanding and His answers.
48 And when they saw Him, they were astounded; and His mother said to Him, Child, why have You treated us like this? Behold, Your father and I, being 1greatly distressed, have been seeking You.
49 And He said to them, Why is it that you were seeking Me? Did you not know that I 1must be 2in the things of 3aMy Father?
50 And they did anot understand the word which He spoke to them.
51 And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was 1subject to them. And His mother carefully kept all these things in her aheart.
52 And Jesus advanced in wisdom and 1stature and in the 2agrace manifested in Him before God and men.