In those days, Caesar Augustus made a law. It required that a list be made of everyone in
the whole Roman world. 2 It was the first time a list was made of the people
while Quirinius was governor of
So Joseph went also. He went from the
6 While Joseph and Mary were there, the time came for the child to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first baby. It was a boy. She wrapped him in large strips of cloth. Then she placed him in a manger. There was no room for them in the inn.
8 There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby. It was night, and they were looking after their sheep. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them. And the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy. It is for all the people. 11 Today in the town of
Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said,
14 "May glory be given to God in the highest heaven!
And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!"
The angels left and went into heaven. Then the shepherds said to one another,
"Let's go to
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby. The baby was lying in the manger. 17 After the shepherds had seen him, they told everyone. They reported what the angel had said about this child. 18 All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over.
20 The shepherds returned. They gave glory and praise to God. Everything they had seen and heard was just as they had been told.
21 When the child was eight days old, he was circumcised. At the same time he was named Jesus. This was the name the angel had given him before his mother became pregnant.
The time for making them pure came as it is written in the Law of Moses. So Joseph and Mary took Jesus to
Then Jesus' parents brought the child in. They came to do for him what the Law required.
Simeon took Jesus in his arms and praised God. He said,
29 "Lord, you are the King over all.
Now let me, your servant, go in peace.
That is what you promised.
30 My eyes have seen your salvation.
31 You have prepared it in the sight of all people.
32 It is a light to be given to those who aren't Jews.
It will bring glory to your people
The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them. He said to Mary, Jesus' mother, "This
child is going to cause many people in
36 There was also a prophet named Anna. She was the daughter of Penuel from the tribe of Asher. Anna was very old. After getting married, she lived with her husband seven years. 37 Then she was a widow until she was 84. She never left the temple. She worshiped night and day, praying and going without eating.
Anna came up to Jesus' family at that very moment. She gave thanks to God. And she spoke about the child to all who were
looking forward to the time when
Joseph and Mary did everything the Law of the Lord required. Then they returned to
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