The Birth of Jesus According
IN THOSE days it occurred that a decree
went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole Roman empire should be registered. This was the first enrollment,
and it was made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
And all the people were going to be registered, each to his own city or town. And
Joseph also went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called
Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his espoused (married)
wife, who was about to become a mother.
And while they were there, the time came for her delivery, and she
gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because
there was no room or place for them in the inn.
And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the
open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night.
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of
the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, Do not be
afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. For to you is born this
day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord! And this will be a sign for you [by which
you will recognize Him]: you will find [after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a
Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops
of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth
peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor].
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another,
Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing (saying) that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.
So they went with haste and [by searching] found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger. And when they saw
it, they made known what had been told them concerning this Child,
And all who heard it were astounded and marveled at what the
shepherds told them.
But Mary was keeping within herself all these things (sayings), weighing and
pondering them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all
the things they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.