Christ Born of Mary(A)

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. (B)This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to (C)the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, (D)because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, (E)his betrothed [a]wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And (F)she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a [b]manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Glory in the Highest

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And [c]behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, (G)and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, (H)“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy (I)which will be to all people. 11 (J)For there is born to you this day in the city of David (K)a Savior, (L)who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a [d]manger.”

13 (M)And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory(N) to God in the highest,
And on earth (O)peace, (P)goodwill[e] toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made [f]widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 (Q)But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and (R)praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Circumcision of Jesus

21 (S)And when eight days were completed [g]for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called (T)Jesus, the name given by the angel (U)before He was conceived in the womb.

Jesus Presented in the Temple

22 Now when (V)the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (W)(as it is written in the law of the Lord, (X)“Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, (Y)“A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Simeon Sees God’s Salvation

25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, (Z)waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not (AA)see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came (AB)by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:

29 “Lord, (AC)now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
30 For my eyes (AD)have seen Your salvation
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 (AE)A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”

33 [h]And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the (AF)fall and rising of many in Israel, and for (AG)a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, (AH)a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Anna Bears Witness to the Redeemer

36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of (AI)Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and this woman was a widow [i]of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers (AJ)night and day. 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to [j]the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who (AK)looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

The Family Returns to Nazareth

39 So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40 (AL)And the Child grew and became strong [k]in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

The Boy Jesus Amazes the Scholars

41 His parents went to (AM)Jerusalem (AN)every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the (AO)custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the (AP)days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And [l]Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And (AQ)all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”

49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be (AR)about (AS)My Father’s business?” 50 But (AT)they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.

Jesus Advances in Wisdom and Favor

51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was [m]subject to them, but His mother (AU)kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus (AV)increased in wisdom and stature, (AW)and in favor with God and men.


  1. Luke 2:5 NU omits wife
  2. Luke 2:7 feed trough
  3. Luke 2:9 NU omits behold
  4. Luke 2:12 feed trough
  5. Luke 2:14 NU toward men of goodwill
  6. Luke 2:17 NU omits widely
  7. Luke 2:21 NU for His circumcision
  8. Luke 2:33 NU And His father and mother
  9. Luke 2:37 NU until she was eighty-four
  10. Luke 2:38 NU God
  11. Luke 2:40 NU omits in spirit
  12. Luke 2:43 NU His parents
  13. Luke 2:51 obedient


當那些日子,愷撒奧古斯都有旨意下來,叫天下人民都報名上冊。 這是居里扭敘利亞巡撫的時候,頭一次行報名上冊的事。 眾人各歸各城,報名上冊。 約瑟也從加利利拿撒勒城上猶太去,到了大衛的城,名叫伯利恆,因他本是大衛一族一家的人, 要和他所聘之妻馬利亞一同報名上冊。那時馬利亞的身孕已經重了。 他們在那裡的時候,馬利亞的產期到了, 就生了頭胎的兒子,用布包起來,放在馬槽裡,因為客店裡沒有地方。


伯利恆之野地裡有牧羊的人,夜間按著更次看守羊群。 有主的使者站在他們旁邊,主的榮光四面照著他們,牧羊的人就甚懼怕。 10 那天使對他們說:「不要懼怕,我報給你們大喜的信息,是關乎萬民的。 11 因今天在大衛的城裡,為你們生了救主,就是主基督。 12 你們要看見一個嬰孩,包著布,臥在馬槽裡,那就是記號了。」 13 忽然有一大隊天兵,同那天使讚美神說: 14 「在至高之處榮耀歸於神!在地上平安歸於他所喜悅的人[a]!」

15 眾天使離開他們升天去了,牧羊的人彼此說:「我們往伯利恆去,看看所成的事,就是主所指示我們的。」 16 他們急忙去了,就尋見馬利亞約瑟,又有那嬰孩臥在馬槽裡。 17 既然看見,就把天使論這孩子的話傳開了。 18 凡聽見的,就詫異牧羊之人對他們所說的話。 19 馬利亞卻把這一切的事存在心裡,反覆思想。 20 牧羊的人回去了,因所聽見、所看見的一切事正如天使向他們所說的,就歸榮耀於神,讚美他。

21 滿了八天,就給孩子行割禮,與他起名叫耶穌,這就是沒有成胎以前天使所起的名。


22 摩西律法滿了潔淨的日子,他們帶著孩子上耶路撒冷去,要把他獻於主, 23 正如主的律法上所記:「凡頭生的男子,必稱聖歸主。」 24 又要照主的律法上所說,「或用一對斑鳩,或用兩隻雛鴿」獻祭。


25 耶路撒冷有一個人名叫西面,這人又公義又虔誠,素常盼望以色列的安慰者來到,又有聖靈在他身上。 26 他得了聖靈的啟示,知道自己未死以前,必看見主所立的基督。 27 他受了聖靈的感動,進入聖殿,正遇見耶穌的父母抱著孩子進來,要照律法的規矩辦理。 28 西面就用手接過他來,稱頌神,說: 29 「主啊,如今可以照你的話,釋放僕人安然去世! 30 因為我的眼睛已經看見你的救恩, 31 就是你在萬民面前所預備的, 32 是照亮外邦人的光,又是你民以色列的榮耀。」 33 孩子的父母因這論耶穌的話就稀奇。 34 西面給他們祝福,又對孩子的母親馬利亞說:「這孩子被立,是要叫以色列中許多人跌倒、許多人興起,又要做毀謗的話柄, 35 叫許多人心裡的意念顯露出來。你自己的心也要被刀刺透。」


36 又有女先知名叫亞拿,是亞設支派法內力的女兒,年紀已經老邁,從做童女出嫁的時候,同丈夫住了七年就寡居了, 37 現在已經八十四歲[b],並不離開聖殿,禁食、祈求,晝夜侍奉神。 38 正當那時,她進前來稱謝神,將孩子的事對一切盼望耶路撒冷得救贖的人講說。 39 約瑟馬利亞照主的律法辦完了一切的事,就回加利利,到自己的城拿撒勒去了。

40 孩子漸漸長大,強健起來,充滿智慧,又有神的恩在他身上。


41 每年到逾越節,他父母就上耶路撒冷去。 42 當他十二歲的時候,他們按著節期的規矩上去。 43 守滿了節期,他們回去,孩童耶穌仍舊在耶路撒冷,他的父母並不知道, 44 以為他在同行的人中間。走了一天的路程,就在親族和熟識的人中找他, 45 既找不著,就回耶路撒冷去找他。 46 過了三天,就遇見他在殿裡,坐在教師中間,一面聽一面問。


47 凡聽見他的,都稀奇他的聰明和他的應對。 48 他父母看見就很稀奇。他母親對他說:「我兒,為什麼向我們這樣行呢?看哪,你父親和我傷心來找你!」 49 耶穌說:「為什麼找我呢?豈不知我應當以我父的事為念嗎?[c] 50 他所說的這話,他們不明白。 51 他就同他們下去,回到拿撒勒,並且順從他們。他母親把這一切的事都存在心裡。

52 耶穌的智慧和身量[d],並神和人喜愛他的心,都一齊增長。


  1. 路加福音 2:14 有古卷作:喜悅歸於人。
  2. 路加福音 2:37 或作:就寡居了八十四年。
  3. 路加福音 2:49 或作:豈不知我應當在我父的家裡嗎?
  4. 路加福音 2:52 「身量」或作「年紀」。