Luke 2:12
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New International Version
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

New Living Translation
And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger."

English Standard Version
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

New American Standard Bible
"This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

King James Bible
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough."

International Standard Version
And this will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a feeding trough."

NET Bible
This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And this is a sign for you: You will find The Baby wrapped in swaddling bands and lying in a manger.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is how you will recognize him: You will find an infant wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

King James 2000 Bible
And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

American King James Version
And this shall be a sign to you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

American Standard Version
And this is the sign unto you: Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.

Darby Bible Translation
And this is the sign to you: ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling-clothes, and lying in a manger.

English Revised Version
And this is the sign unto you; Ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.

Webster's Bible Translation
And this shall be a sign to you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling-clothes, lying in a manger.

Weymouth New Testament
And this is the token for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger."

World English Bible
This is the sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a feeding trough."

Young's Literal Translation
and this is to you the sign: Ye shall find a babe wrapped up, lying in the manger.'
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 12. - Lying in a manger. This was to be the sign. On that night there would, perhaps, be no other children born in the Bethlehem village; certainly the shepherds would find no other newly born infant cradled in a manger.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And this shall be a sign unto you,.... When they should come to Bethlehem, and to the inn where Joseph and Mary were:

ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger; for though there might be many other children, in the inn, yet none else in swaddling clothes, at least lying in a manger: this sign would distinguish the new born Saviour from all others; had not the angel given them this direction, they would never have thought to have looked for, and found: him in such a place: and moreover, it might have been a stumbling to them, and an objection with them against his being Christ, the Lord, had they not been told beforehand where he was; but by this means this objection was prevented, and this stumbling block was removed out of the way, and they were prepared to see him, embrace, and believe in him, in this mean condition.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. a sign—"the sign."

the babe—"a Babe."

a manger—"the manger." The sign was to consist, it seems, solely in the overpowering contrast between the things just said of Him and the lowly condition in which they would find Him—Him whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting, "ye shall find a Babe"; whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, "wrapt in swaddling bands"; the "Saviour, Christ the Lord," lying in a manger! Thus early were these amazing contrasts, which are His chosen style, held forth. (See 2Co 8:9.)

Luke 2:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Shepherds and Angels
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." 13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:34
"'And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you--they will both die on the same day.

2 Kings 19:29
"This will be the sign for you, Hezekiah: "This year you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

2 Kings 20:8
Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, "What will be the sign that the LORD will heal me and that I will go up to the temple of the LORD on the third day from now?"

Isaiah 7:11
"Ask the LORD your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights."

Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Luke 2:7
and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Luke 2:13
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
Treasury of Scripture

And this shall be a sign to you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with you; and this shall be a token …

1 Samuel 10:2-7 When you are departed from me to day, then you shall find two men …

Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

Isaiah 53:1,2 Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed…

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