1 And◦ it came··to··pass in those▵ days, that there went··out▵ a decree from▵ Caesar Augustus that all the world◦ should be enrolled.
2 This enrolling was· first ·made◦ when Kurenius was··governor of Syria.
3 And all went to be enrolled, everyone◦ to◦ his··own▵ city.
4 And◦ Joseph also went··up from Galilee, out··of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to◦ the city of David, which◦ is called Bethlehem, because he was from◦ the house and family of David,
5 to be enrolled with◦ Mary his betrothed wife, being great··with··child.
6 And◦ it came··to··pass, that while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should bring··forth;
7 and she brought··forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped· Him ·in··swaddling-clothes, and laid Him in the manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, and keeping watch1 over their flock by night.
9 And behold◦, the angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they feared with great fear.
10 And the angel said to them, Fear not◦, for◦ behold◦, I bring· you ·good··tidings of great joy which◦ shall be to all the people.
11 For to you is born this··day a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.
12 And this shall be the sign to you: you shall find the Babe wrapped··in··swaddling-clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was◦ with◦ the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14 Glory in the highest to God, and on earth peace, good··will among men.
15 And it came··to··pass, that after the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the men, the shepherds, said one· to ·another, Let us now go even to Bethlehem, and see◦ this saying that has come··to··pass, which the Lord has made known to us.
16 And they came in··haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in the manger.
17 And◦ when they had seen◦, they made··known··abroad the saying which was spoken to them concerning this little··Child.
18 And all who heard marveled at those things which were spoken to them by the shepherds.
19 But◦ Mary kept2 all these sayings, pondering them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen◦, as it was spoken to them.
21 And when eight days were fulfilled for the circumcising of the little··Child, His name was called Jesus, which He was called by the angel before He was conceived in the womb◦.
22 And when the days of her purification were fulfilled, according··to the Law of Moses3, they brought· Him ·up◦ to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord,
23 even··as it is written in the Law of the Lord, that every male opening the womb▵ shall be called holy to the Lord4;
24 and to give the sacrifice according··to what is said▵ in the Law of the Lord, A pair of turtle··doves, or two young◦ doves.5
25 And behold◦, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was just and circumspect, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26 And a response· was ·made to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not◦ see◦ death before he had seen◦ the Lord’s Christ.
27 And he came by◦ the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents were bringing◦ in the little··Child Jesus, to do for▵ Him according··to the custom of the law,
28 he even received◦ Him into his arms◦, and blessed God, and said◦,
29 Now Thou sendest Thy servant away in peace, O Lord◦6, according··to Thy saying;
30 for my eyes have seen◦ Thy salvation,
31 which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples;
32 a light for a revelation for the nations, and the glory of Thy people Israel.
33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at the things which were spoken concerning Him.
34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, Behold◦, this Child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against.
35 And◦ also a sword◦ shall pass through thine own soul, that the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.
36 And there was Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher; she was advanced in many days, having lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;
37 and she◦ was a widow of about▵ eighty-four years, who stood· not ·back from the temple, serving▵ God with fastings and prayers◦ night and day.
38 And she◦ standing··by, at the hour itself, confessed the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who waited for redemption in Jerusalem.
39 And when◦ they had finished all things according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
40 And◦ the little··Child grew, and became strong in Spirit, filled··full with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
41 And His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the festival of the Passover.
42 And when He was twelve years old, they went to Jerusalem according to the custom of the festival.
43 And having finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus remained··behind in Jerusalem, and Joseph and His mother knew it not.
44 But◦ supposing Him to be among those on the way with them, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances;
45 and finding Him not◦, they returned to◦ Jerusalem, seeking Him.
46 And it came to pass, after three days, that they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
47 And◦ all who heard Him were··amazed at◦ His understanding and answers.
48 And seeing◦ Him they wondered; and His mother said◦ to Him, Child, why hast Thou done this to us? Behold◦, Thy father and··I◦ have sought Thee, grieving.
49 And He said◦ to them, Why is it that you have sought Me? Knew◦ you not that I must be in what is My Father’s?
50 And they understood not the saying which He spoke to them.
51 And He came··down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them; and His mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in age◦, and in grace with God and men.
1literally, “guarding a guard”
4Ex. 13:2, 12, 15
6This is not the usual Greek word for Lord. This word is found only in this verse in the Gospels, and in Revelation 6:10.