2:1 And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled.
2:2 This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria.
2:3 And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city.
2:4 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 family of David,
2:5 To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.
2:6 And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered.
2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock.
2:9 And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear.
2:10 And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people:
2:11 For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.
2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.
2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying:
2:14 Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.
2:15 And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.
2:16 And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
2:17 And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child.
2:18 And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds.
2:19 But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.
2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
2:21 And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb.
2:22 And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord:
2:23 As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord:
2:24 And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons:
2:25 And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was in him.
2:26 And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law,
2:28 He also took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said:
2:29 Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace;
2:30 Because my eyes have seen thy salvation,
2:31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples:
2:32 A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
2:33 And his father and mother were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning him.
2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted;
2:35 And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.
2:36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; she was far advanced in years, and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity.
2:37 And she was a widow until fourscore and four years; who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day.
2:38 Now she, at the same hour, coming in, confessed to the Lord; and spoke of him to all that looked for the redemption of Israel.
2:39 And after they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their city Nazareth.
2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong, full of wisdom; and the grace of God was in him.
2:41 And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch,
2:42 And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast,
2:43 And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not.
2:44 And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey, and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance.
2:45 And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him.
2:46 And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions.
2:47 And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers.
2:48 And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
2:49 And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my father's business?
2:50 And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them.
2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart.
2:52 And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.
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