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Luke 2 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Birth of Jesus

(Mat 1:18–25 )
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:1 - In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:2 - (This was the first census that took place while[fn] Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:3 - And everyone went to their own town to register.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:4 - So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:5 - He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:6 - While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:7 - and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:8 - And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:9 - An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:10 - But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:11 - Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:12 - This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:13 - Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:14 - “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:15 - When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:16 - So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:17 - When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:18 - and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:19 - But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:20 - The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:21 - On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Jesus Presented in the Temple

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:22 - When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:23 - (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”[fn]),
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:24 - and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:25 - Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:26 - It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:27 - Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:28 - Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:29 - “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss[fn] your servant in peace.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:30 - For my eyes have seen your salvation,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:31 - which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:32 - a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:33 - The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:34 - Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:35 - so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:36 - There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:37 - and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[fn] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:38 - Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:39 - When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:40 - And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

The Boy Jesus at the Temple

Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:41 - Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:42 - When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:43 - After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:44 - Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:45 - When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:46 - After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:47 - Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:48 - When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:49 - “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:50 - But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:51 - Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxLuk 2:52 - And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
NIV Footnotes
Or This census took place before
Exodus 13:2,12
Lev. 12:8
Or promised, / now dismiss
Or then had been a widow for eighty-four years.
Or be about my Father’s business

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