English Standard Version
This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
King James Bible
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
Darby Bible Translation
The census itself first took place when Cyrenius had the government of Syria.
World English Bible
This was the first enrollment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
Young's Literal Translation
this enrolment first came to pass when Cyrenius was governor of Syria --
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
And this taxing was first made (αὕτη ἡ ἀπογραφὴ πρώτη ἐγένετο)
Rather, this occurred as the first enrolment ; or, as Rev., this was the first enrolment made; with reference to a second enrolment which took place about eleven years later, and is referred to in Acts 5:37.
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So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
And all went to be registered, each to his own town.
After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and drew away some of the people after him. He too perished, and all who followed him were scattered.
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