Now in those days a decree went out from aCaesar Augustus, that a census be taken of ball the inhabited earth.
This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of aSyria.
And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because ahe was of the house and family of David,
in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.
While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.
And she agave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
And aan angel of the Lord suddenly bstood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.
But the angel said to them, "aDo not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a aSavior, who is bChrist cthe Lord.
"aThis will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
"aGlory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men bwith whom He is pleased."
When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us."
So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.
When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.
And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary atreasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.
The shepherds went back, aglorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.
And when aeight days had passed, before His circumcision, bHis name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
aAnd when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord
(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "aEVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE Lord"),
and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, "aA PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS."
And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was arighteous and devout, blooking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
And ait had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not bsee death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, ato carry out for Him the custom of the Law,
then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,
"Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, aAccording to Your word;
For my eyes have aseen Your salvation,
Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
aA LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, And the glory of Your people Israel."
And His father and amother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary aHis mother, "Behold, this Child is appointed for bthe fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed--
and a sword will pierce even your own soul--to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."
And there was a aprophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of bthe tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years cand had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with afastings and prayers.
At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were alooking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to atheir own city of Nazareth.
aThe Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at athe Feast of the Passover.
And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast;
and as they were returning, after spending the afull number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it,
but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day's journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him.
Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
And all who heard Him awere amazed at His understanding and His answers.
When they saw Him, they were astonished; and aHis mother said to Him, "Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, bYour father and I have been anxiously looking for You."
And He said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that aI had to be in My Father's house?"
But athey did not understand the statement which He had made to them.
And He went down with them and came to aNazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and bHis mother ctreasured all these things in her heart.
And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in afavor with God and men.