Luke 2-3 Darby’s Translation

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The Birth of Jesus

2 1  But it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census should be made of all the habitable world. 2  The census itself first took place when Cyrenius had the government of Syria. 3  And all went to be inscribed in the census roll, each to his own city: 4  and Joseph also went up from Galilee out of the city Nazareth to Judaea, to David's city, the which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5  to be inscribed in the census roll with Mary who was betrothed to him [as his] wife, she being great with child. 6  And it came to pass, while they were there, the days of her giving birth [to her child] were fulfilled, 7  and she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him up in swaddling-clothes and laid him in the manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8  And there were shepherds in that country abiding without, and keeping watch by night over their flock. 9  And lo, an angel of [the] Lord was there by them, and [the] glory of [the] Lord shone around them, and they feared [with] great fear. 10  And the angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I announce to you glad tidings of great joy, which shall be to all the people; 11  for to-day a Saviour has been born to you in David's city, who is Christ [the] Lord. 12  And this is the sign to you: ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling-clothes, 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, good pleasure in men. 15  And it came to pass, as the angels departed from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, Let us make our way then now as far as Bethlehem, and let us see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us. 16  And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger; 17  and having seen [it] they made known about the country the thing which had been said to them concerning this child. 18  And all who heard [it] wondered at the things said to them by the shepherds. 19  But Mary kept all these things [in her mind], pondering [them] in her heart. 20  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all things which they had heard and seen, as it had been said to them.

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

21  And when eight days were fulfilled for circumcising him, his name was called Jesus, which was the name given by the angel before he had been conceived in the womb. 22  And when the days were fulfilled for their purifying according to the law of Moses, they brought him 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 turtle doves, or two young pigeons.

25  And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was just and pious, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and [the] Holy Spirit was upon him. 26  And it was divinely communicated to him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death before he should see [the] Lord's Christ. 27  And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and as the parents brought in the child Jesus that they might do for him according to the custom of the law, 28  he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29  Lord, now thou lettest thy bondman go, 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 of [the] Gentiles and [the] glory of thy people Israel. 33  And his father and mother wondered at the things which were said concerning him. 34  And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, Lo, this [child] is set for the fall and rising up of many in Israel, and for a sign spoken against; 35  (and even a sword shall go through thine own soul;) so that [the] thoughts may be revealed from many hearts. 36  And there was a prophetess, Anna, daughter of Phanuel, of [the] tribe of Asher, who was far advanced in years, having lived with [her] husband seven years from her virginity, 37  and herself a widow up to eighty-four years; who did not depart from the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers; 38  and she coming up the same hour gave praise to the Lord, and spoke of him to all those who waited for redemption in Jerusalem.

The Return to Nazareth

39  And when they had completed all 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 [in spirit], filled with wisdom, and God's grace was upon him.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41  And his parents went yearly to Jerusalem at the feast of the passover. 42  And when he was twelve years old, and they went up [to Jerusalem] according to the custom of the feast 43  and had completed the days, as they returned, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, and his parents knew not [of it]; 44  but, supposing him to be in the company that journeyed together, they went a day's journey, and sought him among their relations and acquaintances: 45  and not having found him they returned to Jerusalem seeking him. 46  And it came to pass, after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers and hearing them and asking them questions. 47  And all who heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48  And when they saw him they were amazed: and his mother said to him, Child, why hast thou dealt thus with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee distressed. 49  And he said to them, Why [is it] that ye have sought me? did ye not know that I ought to be [occupied] in my Father's business? 50  And they understood not the thing that he said to them. 51  And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and he was in subjection to them. And his mother kept all these things in her heart. 52  And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.

The Preaching of John the Baptist

3 1  Now in the fifteenth year of the government of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrarch of Ituraea and the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2  in the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, [the] word of God came upon John, the son of Zacharias, in the wilderness. 3  And he came into all the district round the Jordan, preaching [the] baptism of repentance for [the] remission of sins, 4  as it is written in [the] book of [the] words of Esaias the prophet: Voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of [the] Lord, make straight his paths. 5  Every gorge shall be filled up, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked [places] shall become a straight [path], and the rough places smooth ways, 6  and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. 7  He said therefore to the crowds which went out to be baptised by him, Offspring of vipers, who has forewarned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8  Produce therefore fruits worthy of repentance; and begin not to say in yourselves, We have Abraham for [our] father, for I say unto you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9  And already also the axe is applied to the root of the trees; every tree therefore not producing good fruit is cut down and cast into [the] fire. 10  And the crowds asked him saying, What should we do then? 11  And he answering says to them, He that has two body-coats, let him give to him that has none; and he that has food, let him do likewise. 12  And tax-gatherers came also to be baptised, and they said to him, Teacher, what should we do? 13  And he said to them, Take no more [money] than what is appointed to you. 14  And persons engaged in military service also asked him saying, And we, what should we do? And he said to them, Oppress no one, nor accuse falsely, and be satisfied with your pay.

15  But as the people were in expectation, and all were reasoning in their hearts concerning John whether he might be the Christ, 16  John answered all, saying, I indeed baptise you with water, but the mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not fit to unloose; he shall baptise you with [the] Holy Spirit and fire; 17  whose winnowing-fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his threshing-floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner, but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. 18  Exhorting then many other things also he announced [his] glad tidings to the people. 19  But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him as to Herodias, the wife of his brother, and as to all the wicked things which Herod had done, 20  added this also to all [the rest], that he shut up John in prison.

The Baptism of Jesus

21  And it came to pass, all the people having been baptised, and Jesus having been baptised and praying, that the heaven was opened, 22  and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form as a dove upon him; and a voice came out of heaven, Thou art my beloved Son, in thee I have found my delight.

The Genealogy of Jesus

23  And Jesus himself was beginning to be about thirty years old; being as was supposed son of Joseph; of Eli, 24  of Matthat, of Levi, of Melchi, of Janna, of Joseph, 25  of Mattathias, of Amos, of Naoum, of Esli, of Naggai, 26  of Maath, of Mattathias, of Semei, of Joseph, of Juda, 27  of Joannes, of Resa, of Zorobabel, of Salathiel, of Neri, 28  of Melchi, of Addi, of Cosam, of Elmodam, of Er, 29  of Joses, of Eliezer, of Joreim, of Matthat, of Levi, 30  of Simeon, of Juda, of Joseph, of Jonan, of Eliakim, 31  of Meleas, of Menan, of Mattatha, of Nathan, of David, 32  of Jesse, of Obed, of Booz, of Salmon, of Naasson, 33  of Aminadab, of Aram, of Esrom, of Phares, of Juda, 34  of Jacob, of Isaac, of Abraham, of Terah, of Nachor, 35  of Seruch, of Ragau, of Phalek, of Eber, of Sala, 36  of Cainan, of Arphaxad, of Sem, of Noe, of Lamech, 37  of Methusala, of Enoch, of Jared, of Maleleel, of Cainan, 38  of Enos, of Seth, of Adam, of God.

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