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Luke 2:1-14 American Standard Version (ASV)

Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all [a]the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to enrol themselves, every one to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David; to enrol himself with Mary, who was betrothed to him, being great with child. And it came to pass, while they were there, the days were fulfilled that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping [b]watch by night over their flock. And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: 11 for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is [c]Christ the Lord. 12 And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth [d]peace among [e]men in whom he is well pleased.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 2:1 Greek the inhabited earth.
  2. Luke 2:8 Or, night-watches
  3. Luke 2:11 Or, Anointed Lord
  4. Luke 2:14 Many ancient authorities read peace, good pleasure among men.
  5. Luke 2:14 Greek men of good pleasure.
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