Luke 2 King James Version 2016

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  • 1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered for taxation.
  • 2 And this tax registrar first occurred when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
  • 3 And everyone went to be registered for taxation, every one into his own city.
  • 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
  • 5 to be registered for taxation with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was large due to pregnancy.
  • 6 And so it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
  • 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
  • 8 Now there were in the same country shepherds staying out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
  • 9 And behold, the angel of the Lord came over them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were very afraid.
  • 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not fear, because, behold, I bring you good news of great joy, which will be to all people.
  • 11 Because there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
  • 12 And this will be a sign to you: You will find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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 will toward men!”
  • 15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to each other, “Let us now travel to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
  • 16 And they came quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
  • 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
  • 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
  • 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
  • 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told to them.
  • 21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
  • 22 When the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord
  • 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD”),
  • 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
  • 25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting 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 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him after the custom of the law,
  • 28 then he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
  • 29 “Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word;
  • 30 Because, my eyes have seen Your salvation
  • 31 which You have prepared before the face of all people,
  • 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.”
  • 33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken about Him.
  • 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against
  • 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
  • 36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;
  • 37 and she was a widow of about eighty four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
  • 38 And coming in that instant she also gave thanks likewise to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
  • 39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.
  • 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
  • 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 to Jerusalem according to the custom of the Feast.
  • 43 When they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the Child Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know about it;
  • 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and they sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
  • 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.
  • 46 Now it happened that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
  • 47 All who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.
  • 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You desperately.”
  • 49 He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
  • 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.
  • 51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
  • 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

(King James Version 2016 Edition, 2016)

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