1 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be registered.
2 This was the first registration taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3 So all the people went to their hometowns to be registered.
4 Joseph, too, went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was a descendant of the household and family of David.
5 He went there to be registered with Mary, who had been promised to him in marriage and was pregnant.
6 While they were there, the time came for her to have her baby,
7 and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was not any room for them in the inn.
8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, watching their flock during the night.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 Then the angel said to them, “Stop being afraid! Listen! I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.
11 Today your Savior, Christ the Lord, was born in the city of David.
12 And this will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a multitude of the Heavenly Army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to people who enjoy his favor!”
15 When the angels had left them and gone back to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let's go to Bethlehem and see what has taken place that the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they went quickly and found Mary and Joseph with the baby, who was lying in the manger.
17 When they saw this, they repeated what they had been told about this child.
18 All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them,
19 but Mary continued to treasure in her heart all these things and to ponder them.
20 Then the shepherds returned to their flock, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
21 After eight days had passed, the child was circumcised and named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,
23 as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn son is to be designated as holy to the Lord.”
24 They also offered a sacrifice according to what is specified in the law of the Lord: “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
25 Now a man named Simeon was in Jerusalem. This man was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the one who would comfort Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him.
26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple. When the parents brought the child Jesus to do for him what was customary under the law,
28 Simeon took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,
29 “Master, now you are allowing your servant to leave in peaceaccording to your word.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you prepared for all people to see—
32 a light that will reveal salvation to the Gentiles and bring glory to your people Israel.”
33 Jesus’ father and mother kept wondering at the things being said about him.
34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall or rise. He will be a sign that will be disputed,
35 so that the inner thoughts of many people might be revealed. Indeed, a sword will pierce your own soul, too.”
36 Now Anna, a prophetess, was also there. She was a descendant of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was very old, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage,
37 and then as a widow for eighty-four years. She never left the temple, but continued to worship there night and day with times of fasting and prayer.
38 Just then she came forward and began to thank God and to speak about the child to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 After doing everything required by the law of the Lord, Joseph and Mary returned to their hometown of Nazareth in Galilee.
40 Meanwhile, the child continued to grow and to become strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God's favor was with him.
41 Every year Jesus’ parents would go to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival.
42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival as usual.
43 When the days of the festival were over, they left for home. The young man Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.
44 They thought that he was in the group of travelers. After traveling for a day, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends.
45 When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching desperately for him.
46 Three days later they found him in the temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions.
47 All who heard him were amazed at his intelligence and his answers.
48 When his parents saw him, they were shocked. His mother asked him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been worried sick looking for you!”
49 He said to them,“Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?”
50 But they did not understand what he said to them.
51 Then he went down with them and returned to Nazareth; and he remained in submission to them. His mother continued to treasure all these things in her heart.
52 Meanwhile, Jesus kept on growing in wisdom and maturity, and in favor with God and his fellow man.