International Standard Version
The Birth of Jesus
1Now in those days an order was published by Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be registered. 2This was the first registration taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3So all the people went to their hometowns to be registered.
4Joseph, too, went up from the city of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the City of David (called Bethlehem), because he was a descendanta of the household and family of David. 5He went thereb to be registered with Mary, who had been promised to him in marriage and was pregnant.
6While they were there, the time came for her to have her baby, 7and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a feeding trough, because there was no place for them in the guest quarters.
The Shepherds Visit Jesus
8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, watching their flock during the night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10Then the angel told them, “Stop being afraid! Listen! I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people. 11Today your Savior, the Lord Messiah,c was born in the City of David. 12And this will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a feeding trough.”
15When the angels had left them and gone back to heaven, the shepherds told one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see what has taken place that the Lord has told us about.” 16So they went quickly and found Mary and Joseph with the baby, who was lying in the feeding trough. 17When they saw this, they repeated what they had been told about this child. 18All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19However, Mary continued to treasure all these things in her heart and to ponder them. 20Then the shepherds returned to their flock,e glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
Jesus is Circumcised
Jesus is Presented in the Temple
22When the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, Joseph and Maryg took Jesush up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, 23as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn son is to be designated as holy to the Lord.”i 24They also offered a sacrifice according to what is specified in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”j
25Now a man named Simeon was in Jerusalem. This man was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the one who would comfort Israel,k and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not diel until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.m
29“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace
according to your promise,
30because my eyes have seen your salvation,
31which you prepared for all people to see—
and bring glory to your people Israel.”
33Jesus’s father and mother kept wondering at the things being said about him. 34Then Simeont blessed them and told Mary, his mother, “This infant is destined to cause many in Israel to fall and rise. Also, he will be a sign that will be opposed. 35Indeed, a sword will pierce your own soul, too, so that the inner thoughts of many people might be revealed.”
36Now Anna, a prophetess, was also there. She was a descendant of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher. She was very old, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, 37and then as a widow for 84 years. She never left the Temple, but continued to worship there night and day with times of fasting and prayer. 38Just then she came forward and began to thank God and to speak about Jesusu to everyone who was waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
The Return to Nazareth
39After doing everything required by the Law of the Lord, Joseph and Maryv returned to their hometown of Nazareth in Galilee. 40Meanwhile, the child continued to grow and to become strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor rested upon him.
Jesus Visits the Temple
41Every year Jesus’w parents would go to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. 42When Jesusx was twelve years old, they went up to the festival as usual. 43When the days of the festivaly were over, they left for home. The young man Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44They thought that he was in their group of travelers. After traveling for a day, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching desperately for him. 46Three days later, they found him in the Temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and posing questions to them. 47All who heard him were amazed at his intelligence and his answers. 48When Jesus’ parentsz saw him, they were shocked. His mother asked him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been worried sick looking for you!”
49He asked them, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be in my Father’s house?”aa 50But they did not understand what he told them. 51Then he went back with them, returning to Nazareth and remaining in submission to them. His mother continued to treasure all these things in her heart. 52Meanwhile, Jesus kept on growing wiser and more mature, and in favor with God and his fellow man.
a 2:4 The Gk. lacks a descendant
b 2:5 The Gk. lacks He went there
c 2:11 Or Christ
d 2:14 Other mss. read peace on earth, and favor to people
e 2:20 The Gk. lacks to their flock
f 2:21 Lit. he
g 2:22 Lit. they
h 2:22 Lit. him
i 2:23 Cf. Exod 13:2, 12, 15; MT source citation reads LORD
j 2:24 Lev 12:8
k 2:25 Lit. for the comfort of Israel
l 2:26 Lit. see death
m 2:26 Or Christ
n 2:27 The Gk. lacks Led
o 2:28 Lit. he
p 2:28 Lit. him
q 2:32 Lit. a light for revelation
r 2:32 Lit. gentiles ; i.e. unbelieving non-Jews
s 2:33 Lit. His
t 2:34 Lit. he
u 2:38 Lit. him
v 2:39 Lit. they
w 2:41 Lit. his
x 2:42 Lit. he
y 2:43 The Gk. lacks of the festival
z 2:48 Lit. they
aa 2:49 Or about my Father’s work