In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a
census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius
was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his
own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth
in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because
he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He
went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be
married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they
were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and
she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him
in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there
was no room for them in the inn.
The Shepherds and the Angels
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields
nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel
of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the
Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But
the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you
good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to
you; he is Christ b the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host
appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor
15When the angels had left them and gone into
heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to
Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which
the Lord has told us about.”
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph,
and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When
they had seen him, they spread the word concerning
what had been told them about this child, 18and all who
heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to
them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered
them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying
and praising God for all the things they had
heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise
him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given
him before he had been conceived.