Luke 2:11
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New International Version
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

New Living Translation
The Savior--yes, the Messiah, the Lord--has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

English Standard Version
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

King James Bible
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.

International Standard Version
Today your Savior, the Lord Messiah, was born in the City of David.

NET Bible
Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For today, The Savior has been born to you, who is THE LORD JEHOVAH The Messiah, in the city of David.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Today your Savior, Christ the Lord, was born in David's city.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

American King James Version
For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

American Standard Version
for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.

Darby Bible Translation
for to-day a Saviour has been born to you in David's city, who is Christ [the] Lord.

English Revised Version
for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Webster's Bible Translation
For to you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
For a Saviour who is the Anointed Lord is born to you to-day, in the town of David.

World English Bible
For there is born to you, this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
because there was born to you to-day a Saviour -- who is Christ the Lord -- in the city of David,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:8-20 Angels were heralds of the new-born Saviour, but they were only sent to some poor, humble, pious, industrious shepherds, who were in the business of their calling, keeping watch over their flock. We are not out of the way of Divine visits, when we are employed in an honest calling, and abide with God in it. Let God have the honour of this work; Glory to God in the highest. God's good-will to men, manifested in sending the Messiah, redounds to his praise. Other works of God are for his glory, but the redemption of the world is for his glory in the highest. God's goodwill in sending the Messiah, brought peace into this lower world. Peace is here put for all that good which flows to us from Christ's taking our nature upon him. This is a faithful saying, attested by an innumerable company of angels, and well worthy of all acceptation, That the good-will of God toward men, is glory to God in the highest, and peace on the earth. The shepherds lost no time, but came with haste to the place. They were satisfied, and made known abroad concerning this child, that he was the Saviour, even Christ the Lord. Mary carefully observed and thought upon all these things, which were so suited to enliven her holy affections. We should be more delivered from errors in judgment and practice, did we more fully ponder these things in our hearts. It is still proclaimed in our ears that to us is born a Saviour, Christ the Lord. These should be glad tidings to all.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - A Savior. Another favorite word with SS. Paul and Luke. The terms "Savior" and "salvation" occur in their writings more than forty times. In the other New Testament books we seldom find either of these expressions.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For unto you is born this day,.... Day is here put for a natural day, consisting both of night and day; for it was night when Christ was born, and the angels brought the tidings of it to the shepherds. The particular day, and it may be, month and year, in which Christ was born, cannot be certainly known; but this we may be sure of, it was in the fulness of time, and at the exact, season fixed upon between God and Christ in the council and covenant of peace; and that he was born, not unto, or for the good of angels; for the good angels stand in no need of his incarnation, sufferings, and death, having never fell; and as for the evil angels, a Saviour was never designed and provided for them; nor did Christ take on him their nature, nor suffer in their stead: wherefore the angel does not say, "unto us", but "unto you", unto you men; for he means not merely, and only the shepherds, or the Jews only, but the Gentiles also; all the children, all the spiritual seed of Abraham, all elect men; for their sakes, and on their account, and for their good, he assumed human nature; see Isaiah 9:6.

in the city of David; that is, Bethlehem, as in Luke 2:4 where the Messiah was to be born, as being, according to the flesh, of the seed of David, his son and offspring; as he is, according to his divine nature, his Lord and root. The characters of this new born child follow, and which prove the tidings of his birth to be good, and matter of joy:

a Saviour; whom God had provided and appointed from all eternity; and had been long promised and much expected as such in time, even from the beginning of the world; and is a great one, being God as well as man, and so able to work out a great salvation for great sinners, which he has done; and he is as willing to save as he is able, and is a complete Saviour, and an only, and an everlasting one: hence his name is called Jesus, because he saves from sin, from Satan, from the law, from the world, from death, and hell, and wrath to come, and from every enemy,

Which is Christ the Lord; the Messiah spoken of by the prophets; the anointed of the Lord, with the Holy Ghost without measure, to be a prophet, priest, and king in his church; and who is the true Jehovah, the Lord our righteousness, the Lord of all creatures, the Lord of angels, good and bad, the Lord of all men, as Creator, the Prince of the kings of the earth, the Lord of lords, and King of kings; and who is particularly the Lord of saints by his Father's gift, his own purchase, the espousal of them to himself, and by the power of his grace upon them: and the birth of such a person must needs be joyful, and is to be accounted good news, and glad tidings.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. unto you is born—you shepherds, Israel, mankind [Bengel]. Compare Isa 9:6, "Unto us a Child is born." It is a birth—"The Word is made flesh" (Joh 1:14). When? "This day." Where? "In the city of David"—in the right line and at the right "spot"; where prophecy bade us look for Him, and faith accordingly expected Him. How dear to us should be these historic moorings of our faith! With the loss of them, all substantial Christianity is lost. By means of them how many have been kept from making shipwreck, and attained to a certain external admiration of Him, ere yet they have fully "beheld His glory."

a Saviour—not One who shall be a Saviour, but "born a Saviour."

Christ the Lord—"magnificent appellation!" [Bengel]. "This is the only place where these words come together; and I see no way of understanding this "Lord" but as corresponding to the Hebrew Jehovah" [Alford].

Luke 2:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Shepherds and Angels
10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12"This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."…
Cross References
Isaiah 9:6
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Matthew 1:16
and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

Matthew 1:21
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

Matthew 16:16
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

Matthew 16:20
Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Luke 1:43
But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

John 4:25
The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

John 4:42
They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."

John 11:27
"Yes, Lord," she replied, "I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."

Acts 2:36
"Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah."

Acts 5:31
God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.

Acts 10:36
You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

Acts 13:23
"From this man's descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised.
Treasury of Scripture

For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

unto.

Luke 1:69 And has raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: …

Galatians 4:4,5 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, …

2 Timothy 1:9,10 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according …

Titus 2:10-14 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn …

Titus 3:4-7 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared…

1 John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be …

in.

Luke 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, …

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: …

which.

Luke 2:26 And it was revealed to him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not …

Luke 1:43 And what is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

Luke 20:41,42 And he said to them, How say they that Christ is David's son…

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your …

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel …

Daniel 9:24-26 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

Matthew 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, …

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of …

John 1:41,45 He first finds his own brother Simon, and said to him, We have found …

John 6:69 And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the living God.

John 7:25-27,41 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill…

John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, …

Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has …

Acts 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen …

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

the Lord.

Luke 1:43 And what is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

Luke 20:42-44 And David himself said in the book of Psalms, The LORD said to my …

Acts 10:36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace …

1 Corinthians 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.

Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to …

Philippians 3:8 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency …

Colossians 2:6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him:

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