Luke Chapter 2 The Birth of Jesus
1: In those days a decree went out from Caesar
Augustus that all the world should be enrolled.
2: This was the first enrollment, when Quirin'i-us was
governor of Syria.
3: And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city.
4: And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from
the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called
Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
5: to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with
6: And while they were there, the time came for her to be
7: And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped
him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no
place for them in the inn.
8: And in that region there were shepherds out in the
field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
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.
10: And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for
behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the
11: for to you is born this day in the city of David a
Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
12: And this will be a sign for you: you will
find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."
13: And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of
the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among
men with whom he is pleased!"
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."
16: And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph,
and the babe lying in a manger.
17: And when they saw it they made known the saying which
had been told them concerning this child;
and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
19: But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her
20: And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising
God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
The presentation of Our Lord
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.
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
23: (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male
that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord")
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."
25: Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was
Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the
consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26: And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27: And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him
according to the custom of the law,
28: he took him up in his arms and blessed God
29: "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy word;
30: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation
31: which thou hast prepared
in the presence of all peoples,
32: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory
to thy people Israel."
33: And his father and his mother marveled at what was
said about him;
34: and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
"Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel,
and for a sign that is spoken against
35: (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also),
that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."
Mathew Chapter 2
A voice in Ramah, the killing of the innocence.
16: Then Herod, when he saw that he
had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent
and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region
who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had
ascertained from the wise men.
17: Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet
18: "A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud
lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be
consoled, because they were no more."
Luke Chapter 2
The Finding of the child Jesus in the Temple
the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of
God was upon him.
41: Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the
feast of the Passover.
42: And when he was twelve years old, they went up
according to custom;
43: and when the feast was ended, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it,
44: but supposing him to be in the company they went a
day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and
45: and when they did not find him, they returned to
Jerusalem, seeking him.
46: After three days they found him in the temple, sitting
among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions;
47: and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding
and his answers.
And when they 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
looking for you anxiously."
49: And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?"
50: And they did not understand the saying which he spoke
51: And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and
was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her
52: And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in
favor with God and man.