2:1 And 1 it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the a world should be b taxed.
(1) Christ, the son of God, taking upon himself
the form of a servant, and making himself of no reputation, is poorly born in
a stable: and by the means of Augustus, the mightiest prince in the world,
(thinking nothing of it) has his cradle prepared in Bethlehem, as the prophets
(a) As far as the empire of the Romans stretched.
(b) That is, the inhabitants of every city should
have their names recorded, and their goods rated at a certain value, that the
emperor might understand how rich every country, city, family, and house was.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto
the c city of David, which is called
Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
(c) Which David was born and brought up in.
2 And there were in the same country
shepherds d abiding in the field,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
(2) The angels themselves declare to poor
shepherds (not at all regarding the pride of the mighty) the Godhead and
office of the child lying in the crib.
(d) Living outside, and in the open air.
2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord e
came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were
(e) Came suddenly upon them, when they were not
at all thinking about such a matter.
And suddenly there was with the angel f
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
(f) Whole armies of angels, who compass the
majesty of God round about, just as soldiers, as it were.
2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
peace, g good will toward men.
(g) God's ready, good, infinite, and gracious
favour towards men.
3 And when eight days were accomplished
for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named
of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
(3) Christ, the head of the Church, made subject
to the law in order to deliver us from the curse of the law (as the name of
Jesus well declares) being circumcised, ratifies and seals in his own flesh
the circumcision of the flesh.
2:22 4 And
when the days of h her purification
according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem,
to present [him] to the Lord;
(4) Christ, upon whom all our sins were laid,
being offered to God according to the law purifies both Mary and us all in
(h) This is meant for the fulfilling of the law:
for otherwise the virgin was not defiled, nor unclean, by the birth of this
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name [was] Simeon; and the same
man [was] just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the i
Holy Ghost was upon him.
(5) Simeon openly in the temple foretells the
death of the coming of Messiah, of the casting out of the greatest part of
Israel, and of the calling of the Gentiles.
(i) He was endued with the gifts of the Holy
Spirit, and this is said using the figure of speech metonymy.
2:27 And he came by the Spirit
into the temple: and when the k parents
brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
(k) Joseph and Mary: and he says
"parents" because that is what most of the people then thought.
2:29 Lord, now l
lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy m
(l) Let me depart out of this life, to be joined
to my Father.
(m) As you promised me.
2:30 For n
mine eyes have seen thy o salvation,
(n) That is, for I have seen with my very eyes:
for he saw before in mind, as it is said of Abraham, "He saw my day and
(o) That in which your salvation is contained.
2:31 Which thou hast prepared p
before the face of all people;
(p) As a sign set up in a high place for all men
to look upon.
Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this [child] is q
set for the r fall and rising again of
many in Israel; and for a s sign which
shall be spoken against;
(q) Is appointed and set by God for a mark.
(r) Fall of the reprobate who perishes because of
their own fault: and for the rising of the elect, unto whom God will give
faith to believe.
(s) That is, a mark, which all men will strive
earnestly to hit.
2:35 (Yea, a sword shall t
pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be
(t) Will most keenly wound and grieve.
2:36 6 And
there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser:
she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her
(6) Another witness besides Simeon, against whom
no objection may be brought, inviting all men to the receiving of the Messiah.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, u
filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
(u) As Christ grew up in age, so the virtue of
his Godhead showed itself more and more.
2:41 7 Now
his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.
(7) The scribes and Pharisees are aroused to hear
the wisdom of Christ in his time by an extraordinary deed.
8 And when they saw him, they were
amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us?
behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
(8) All duties which we owe to men, even though
they are not to be neglected, so are they (according to the position in life
which God has set us) not to be preferred before the glory of God.
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but
his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
(9) Christ, very man, is made like us in every
way except sin.