Luke 2:1
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English Standard Version
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

King James Bible
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

American Standard Version
Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled.

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled.

English Revised Version
Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

Weymouth New Testament
Just at this time an edict was issued by Caesar Augustus for the registration of the whole Empire.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Decree (δόγμα)

Wyc., mandment. From δοκέω, to think. Hence, strictly, a personal opinion; and, as the opinion of one who can impose his opinion authoritatively on others, a decree.

The world (τὴν οἰκουμένην)

Lit., the inhabited (land). The phrase was originally used by the Greeks to denote the land inhabited by themselves, in contrast with barbarian countries; afterward, when the Greeks became subject to the Romans, the entire Roman world; still later, for the whole inhabited world. In the New Testament this latter is the more common usage, though, in some cases, this is conceived in the mould of the Roman empire, as in this passage, Acts 11:28; Acts 19:27. Christ uses it in the announcement that the Gospel shall be preached in all the world (Matthew 24:14); and Paul in the prediction of a general judgment (Acts 17:31). Once it is used of the world to come (Hebrews 2:5).

Be taxed (ἀπογράφεσθαι)

The word means properly to register or enter in a list. Commentators are divided as to whether it refers to an enrolment for taxation, or for ascertaining the population. Rev., enrolled, which may be taken in either sense.

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Caesar.

Luke 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee...

Acts 11:28 And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world...

Acts 25:11,21 For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die...

Philippians 4:22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.

all.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come.

Mark 14:9 Truly I say to you, Wherever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world...

Mark 16:15 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

taxed. or, enrolled.

Cross References
Matthew 22:17
Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?"

Matthew 24:14
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Luke 2:3
And all went to be registered, each to his own town.

Luke 2:5
to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

Luke 3:1
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,

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