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Luke Chapter 2

Luke 2:1 And in those days, Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the Roman world.

Luke 2:2 This census first took place when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.

Luke 2:3 And all went to be registered, everyone into his own city.

Luke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David:

Luke 2:5 to be registered with Mary his espoused wife, being great with Child.

Luke 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were completed that she should be delivered.

Luke 2:7 And she brought out her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:8 So there were in the same country shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

Luke 2:9 Now, behold, the angel of the Lord stood over them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them: and they were intensely afraid.

Luke 2:10 But the angel said to them, fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all the people.

Luke 2:11 For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:12 For this will be a sign to you; you will find the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Luke 2:13 Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Luke 2:14 glory to God in the highest, and upon earth peace, His good pleasure in man.

Luke 2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, let us even now go to Bethlehem, and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.

Luke 2:16 So they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

Luke 2:17 When they had seen Him, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child.

Luke 2:18 Then all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

Luke 2:19 But Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Luke 2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told to them.

Luke 2:21 So when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His name was called JESUS and that is the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Luke 2:22 So when the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were accomplished, they brought Him to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord;

Luke 2:23 (As it is written in the Law of the LORD, every male that opens the womb will be called holy to the Lord;)

Luke 2:24 and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the Law of the Lord, A pair of doves, or two young pigeons.

Luke 2:25 Now, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

Luke 2:26 For it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

Luke 2:27 So he came 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,

Luke 2:28 Then he received Him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

Luke 2:29 Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word:

Luke 2:30 for my eyes have seen Your salvation,

Luke 2:31 which You have prepared before the face of all people;

Luke 2:32 a light to bring revelation to the nations, and the glory of Your people Israel.

Luke 2:33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken about Him.

Luke 2:34 So Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, behold, this Child is destined for the fall and resurrection of many in Israel; and for a sign which will be contradicted;

Luke 2:35 (yes, a sword will go through your own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may have the veil removed.

Luke 2:36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher: she was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;

Luke 2:37 and she was then a widow until the age of eighty-four, who departed not from the temple, but with divine service to God in fastings and prayers night and day.

Luke 2:38 Then as she stood by herself acknowledged with thanksgiving to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all them that expected to receive redemption in Jerusalem.

Luke 2:39 And when they had performed all things according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

Luke 2:40 So the Child grew, and grew strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him.

Luke 2:41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.

Luke 2:42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

Luke 2:43 When they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the Child Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother did not know it.

Luke 2:44 But they, supposing Him to have been in their company, went a day’s journey; and they sought Him among their relatives and friends.

Luke 2:45 When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.

Luke 2:46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

Luke 2:47 For all that heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.

Luke 2:48 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 in distress.

Luke 2:49 But He said to them, why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?

Luke 2:50 And they did not understand the saying which He spoke to them.

Luke 2:51 So He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them: but His mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

Luke 2:52 For Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.