Luke 2-3 Revised Standard Version

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The Birth of Jesus

2 1  In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2  This was the first enrollment, when Quirin'i-us was governor of Syria. 3  And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 4  And 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 lineage of David, 5  to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6  And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. 7  And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8  And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10  And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; 11  for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths 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 among men with whom he is pleased!" 15  When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." 16  And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17  And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; 18  and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19  But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

21  And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22  And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up 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 turtledoves, or two young pigeons."

25  Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, 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 Lord's Christ. 27  And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, 28  he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29  "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; 30  for mine eyes have seen thy salvation 31  which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32  a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel." 33  And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; 34  and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against 35  (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." 36  And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan'u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, 37  and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38  And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

The Return to Nazareth

39  And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40  And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41  Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. 42  And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; 43  and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44  but supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; 45  and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46  After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; 47  and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48  And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously." 49  And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" 50  And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them. 51  And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. 52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.

The Preaching of John the Baptist

3 1  In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiber'i-us Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturae'a and Trachoni'tis, and Lysa'ni-as tetrarch of Abile'ne, 2  in the high-priesthood of Annas and Ca'iaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechari'ah in the wilderness; 3  and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4  As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 5  Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 6  and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." 7  He said therefore to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8  Bear fruits that befit repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. 9  Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." 10  And the multitudes asked him, "What then shall we do?" 11  And he answered them, "He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise." 12  Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, "Teacher, what shall we do?" 13  And he said to them, "Collect no more than is appointed you." 14  Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what shall we do?" And he said to them, "Rob no one by violence or by false accusation, and be content with your wages."

15  As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ, 16  John answered them all, "I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17  His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into his granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." 18  So, with many other exhortations, he preached good news to the people. 19  But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Hero'di-as, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20  added this to them all, that he shut up John in prison.

The Baptism of Jesus

21  Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22  and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, "Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased."

The Genealogy of Jesus

23  Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24  the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jan'na-i, the son of Joseph, 25  the son of Mattathi'as, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Nag'ga-i, 26  the son of Ma'ath, the son of Mattathi'as, the son of Sem'e-in, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27  the son of Jo-an'an, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerub'babel, the son of She-al'ti-el, the son of Neri, 28  the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elma'dam, the son of Er, 29  the son of Joshua, the son of Elie'zer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30  the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eli'akim, 31  the son of Me'le-a, the son of Menna, the son of Mat'tatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32  the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Bo'az, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon, 33  the son of Ammin'adab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34  the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35  the son of Serug, the son of Re'u, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36  the son of Ca-i'nan, the son of Arphax'ad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37  the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Maha'lale-el, the son of Ca-i'nan, 38  the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

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