Luke 2:1-24 New American Standard Bible

The Birth of Jesus

2 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus , that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth . 2  This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria . 3  And everyone was on his way to register for the census , each to his own city . 4  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 family of David , 5  in order to register along with Mary , who was engaged to him, and was with child . 6  While they were there , the days were completed for her to give birth . 7  And she gave 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 .

The Shepherds and the Angels

8  In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night . 9  And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened . 10  But the angel said to them, " Do not be afraid ; for behold , I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people ; 11  for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior , who is Christ the Lord . 12  " This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger ." 13  And suddenly there appeared 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 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." 16  So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph , and the baby as He lay in the manger . 17  When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child . 18  And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds . 19  But Mary treasured all these things , pondering them in her heart . 20  The shepherds went back , glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen , just as had been told them.

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

21  And when eight days had passed , before His circumcision , His name was then called Jesus , the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb . 22  And 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 23  (as it is written in the Law of the Lord , " EVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE Lord "), 24  and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord , " A PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS ."

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