1 Now it came to pass in those :days, a decree went out from Cæsar Augustus, that all the inhabited earth be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrollment made when Quirinius was governor of :Syria. 3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own :city. 4 And Joseph also went up from :Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into :Judæa, to David’s city, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of David’s house and family; 5 to enroll himself with Mariam, who was betrothed to him, being great with child. 6 And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered. 7 And she was delivered of her :firstborn :son; and they swaddled him and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And shepherds were in the same :country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by :night over their :flock. 9 And the Lord’s angel stood by them, and the Lord’s glory shone about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said to them, Be not afraid; for lo, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to the whole people: 11 for this day is born to you in David’s city a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this is a sign for you: Ye shall find a child swaddled, and lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host of those praising :God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth †peace among men of good pleasure.
15 And it came to pass, when the angels went away from them into :heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this :saying that is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known to us. 16 And they came with haste, and found both :Mariam and :Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known concerning the saying which was spoken to them about this :child. 18 And all that heard it wondered at the things spoken unto them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these :sayings, pondering them in her :heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising :God for all things that they had heard and seen, even as it was spoken unto them.
21 And when eight days were fulfilled for :circumcising him, his name also was called JESUS, which was so called by the angel before he was :conceived in the womb.
22 And when the days of their :purification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, [that] Every male that openeth 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 turtle-doves, or two young pigeons.
25 And lo, a man was in Jerusalem, Simeon by name; 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 Christ of the Lord. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents :brought in the child Jesus, to :do concerning him after the custom of the law, 28 HE also received him into his :arms, and blessed :God, and said,
29 Now lettest thou thy :bondman depart, Master
According to thy :word, in peace;
30 For mine :eyes have seen thy :salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all :peoples;
32 A light for revelation to the nations, And the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And his :father was marveling, and his :mother, at the things spoken concerning him; 34 and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mariam his :mother, Lo, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in :Israel; and for a sign spoken against; 35 and a sword shall pierce through thine own :soul; that thoughts out of many hearts be revealed. 36 And there was Anna, a prophetess, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher (SHE was of great age, having lived with a husband seven years from her :virginity, 37 and SHE a widow even unto eighty-four years), who departed not from the temple, worshiping with fastings and supplications night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to :God, and spake of him to all that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 And when they had accomplished all the things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to :Galilee, to their own city †Nazareth.
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong, filled with wisdom: and God’s grace was upon him.
41 And his :parents went every year to Jerusalem at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up after the custom of the feast; 43 and when they had fulfilled the days, as they were :returning, the boy Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and his :parents knew it not; 44 but supposing him to be in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought for him among their :kinsfolk and :acquaintances; 45 and not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking for him. 46 And it came to pass, after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions: 47 and all that heard him were amazed at his :understanding and his :answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were astonished; and his :mother said unto him, Child, why hast thou thus dealt with us? lo, thy father and I seek thee sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? knew ye not that I must be about my :Father’s business. 50 And THEY understood not the saying which he spake to them. 51 And he went down with them, and came to †Nazareth; and was subject to them: and his :mother kept all the sayings in her :heart. 52 And Jesus advanced in :wisdom and stature, and in grace with God and men.