1Now in those days a decree went forth from Caesar Au‧gus′tus for all the inhabited earth to be registered;2(this first registration took place when Qui‧rin′i‧us was governor of Syria;)3and all people went traveling to be registered, each one to his own city.4Of course, Joseph also went up from Gal′i‧lee, out of the city of Naz′a‧reth, into Ju‧de′a, to David’s city, which is called Beth′le‧hem, because of his being a member of the house and family of David,5to get registered with Mary, who had been given him in marriage as promised, at present heavy with child.6While they were there, the days came to the full for her to give birth.7And she gave birth to her son, the firstborn, and she bound him with cloth bands and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the lodging room.
8There were also in that same country shepherds living out of doors and keeping watches in the night over their flocks.9And suddenly Jehovah’s angel stood by them, and Jehovah’s glory gleamed around them, and they became very fearful.10But the angel said to them: “Have no fear, for, look! I am declaring to YOU good news of a great joy that all the people will have,11because there was born to YOU today a Savior, who is Christ [the] Lord, in David’s city.12And this is a sign for YOU: YOU will find an infant bound in cloth bands and lying in a manger.”13And suddenly there came to be with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying:14“Glory in the heights above to God, and upon earth peace among men of goodwill.”
15So when the angels had departed from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another: “Let us by all means go clear to Beth′le‧hem and see this thing that has taken place, which Jehovah has made known to us.”16And they went with haste and found Mary as well as Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.17When they saw it, they made known the saying that had been spoken to them concerning this young child.18And all that heard marveled over the things told them by the shepherds,19but Mary began to preserve all these sayings, drawing conclusions in her heart.20Then the shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all the things they heard and saw, just as these had been told them.
21Now when eight days came to the full for circumcising him, his name was also called Jesus, the name called by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22Also, when the days for purifying them according to the law of Moses came to the full, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to Jehovah,23just as it is written in Jehovah’s law: “Every male opening a womb must be called holy to Jehovah,”24and to offer sacrifice according to what is said in the law of Jehovah: “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
25And, look! there was a man in Jerusalem named Sim′e‧on, and this man was righteous and reverent, waiting for Israel’s consolation, and holy spirit was upon him.26Furthermore, it had been divinely revealed to him by the holy spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Christ of Jehovah.27Under the power of the spirit he now came into the temple; and as the parents brought the young child Jesus in to do for it according to the customary practice of the law,28he himself received it into his arms and blessed God and said:29“Now, Sovereign Lord, you are letting your slave go free in peace according to your declaration;30because my eyes have seen your means of saving31that you have made ready in the sight of all the peoples,32a light for removing the veil from the nations and a glory of your people Israel.”33And its father and mother continued wondering at the things being spoken about it.34Also, Sim′e‧on blessed them, but said to Mary its mother: “Look! This one is laid for the fall and the rising again of many in Israel and for a sign to be talked against35(yes, a long sword will be run through the soul of you yourself), in order that the reasonings of many hearts may be uncovered.”
36Now there was Anna a prophetess, Phan′u‧el’s daughter, of Ash′er’s tribe (this woman was well along in years, and had lived with a husband for seven years from her virginity,37and she was a widow now eighty‐four years old), who was never missing from the temple, rendering sacred service night and day with fastings and supplications.38And in that very hour she came near and began returning thanks to God and speaking about [the child] to all those waiting for Jerusalem’s deliverance.
39So when they had carried out all the things according to the law of Jehovah, they went back into Gal′i‧lee to their own city Naz′a‧reth.40And the young child continued growing and getting strong, being filled with wisdom, and God’s favor continued upon him.
41Now his parents were accustomed to go from year to year to Jerusalem for the festival of the passover.42And when he became twelve years old, they went up according to the custom of the festival43and completed the days. But when they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, and his parents did not notice it.44Assuming that he was in the company traveling together, they covered a day’s distance and then began to hunt him up among the relatives and acquaintances.45But, not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem, making a diligent search for him.46Well, after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers and listening to them and questioning them.47But all those listening to him were in constant amazement at his understanding and his answers.48Now when they saw him they were astounded, and his mother said to him: “Child, why did you treat us this way? Here your father and I in mental distress have been looking for you.”49But he said to them: “Why did YOU have to go looking for me? Did YOU not know that I must be in the [house] of my Father?”50However, they did not grasp the saying that he spoke to them.
51And he went down with them and came to Naz′a‧reth, and he continued subject to them. Also, his mother carefully kept all these sayings in her heart.52And Jesus went on progressing in wisdom and in physical growth and in favor with God and men.