Luke 2:23
Parallel Verses
New International Version
(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"),

New Living Translation
The law of the Lord says, "If a woman's first child is a boy, he must be dedicated to the LORD."

English Standard Version
(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”)

New American Standard Bible
(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "EVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD "),

King James Bible
(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
(just as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord)

International Standard Version
as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn son is to be designated as holy to the Lord."

NET Bible
(just as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male will be set apart to the Lord"),

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
As it is written in the law of THE LORD JEHOVAH, “Every male who opens the womb will be called a holy one of THE LORD JEHOVAH,”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They did exactly what was written in the Lord's Teachings: "Every firstborn boy is to be set apart as holy to the Lord."

Jubilee Bible 2000
(as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord)

King James 2000 Bible
(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

American King James Version
(As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

American Standard Version
(as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord),

Douay-Rheims Bible
As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord:

Darby Bible Translation
(as it is written in the law of [the] Lord: Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord),

English Revised Version
(as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord),

Webster's Bible Translation
(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that is the first born of his mother shall be called holy to the Lord)

Weymouth New Testament
as it is written in the Law of the Lord: "Every first-born male shall be called holy to the Lord."

World English Bible
(as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord"),

Young's Literal Translation
as it hath been written in the Law of the Lord, -- 'Every male opening a womb shall be called holy to the Lord,'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:21-24 Our Lord Jesus was not born in sin, and did not need that mortification of a corrupt nature, or that renewal unto holiness, which were signified by circumcision. This ordinance was, in his case, a pledge of his future perfect obedience to the whole law, in the midst of sufferings and temptations, even unto death for us. At the end of forty days, Mary went up to the temple to offer the appointed sacrifices for her purification. Joseph also presented the holy child Jesus, because, as a first-born son, he was to be presented to the Lord, and redeemed according to the law. Let us present our children to the Lord who gave them to us, beseeching him to redeem them from sin and death, and make them holy to himself.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As it is written in the law of the Lord,.... In Exodus 13:2.

every male that openeth the womb, shall be called holy to the Lord; that is, devoted and consecrated to him, and so to be redeemed. The reason of this law was this, when God smote all the firstborn of Egypt, he saved the firstborn of Israel; and therefore claimed a right to them, and obliged their parents, excepting the Levites, to redeem them at the price of five shekels, which were about twelve shillings and six pence of our money, and which was given to the Levites: see Exodus 13:12 And this law our Lord came under as Mary s firstborn, and as one holy to the Lord; and such a sum of money was now paid for his redemption, who was the great Redeemer of his people: he being made under the law, and in all things subject to it, that he might redeem them from the bondage, curse, and condemnation of it. Now as the tribe of Levi was excepted from this law, it is a clear case, that Mary, though allied to Elisabeth, was not of the tribe of Levi, otherwise her firstborn would not have been subject to it (y),

"An Israelite that comes from a priestess, or from a she Levite, is free, (i.e. from the redemption of the firstborn;) for the thing does not depend on the father, but on the mother, as it is said, that openeth the womb in Israel.

(y) Maimon. Hilch. Biccurim c. 11. sect. 10.



Luke 2:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Presented at the Temple
22And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "EVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD "), 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, "A PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS."
Cross References
Exodus 13:2
"Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal."

Exodus 13:12
you are to give over to the LORD the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the LORD.

Numbers 3:13
for all the firstborn are mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set apart for myself every firstborn in Israel, whether human or animal. They are to be mine. I am the LORD."

Numbers 8:17
Every firstborn male in Israel, whether human or animal, is mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set them apart for myself.
Treasury of Scripture

(As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)

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Exodus 13:2,12-15 Sanctify to me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the …

Exodus 22:29 You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe fruits, and of …

Exodus 34:19 All that opens the matrix is mine; and every firstling among your …

Numbers 3:13 Because all the firstborn are mine…

Numbers 8:16,17 For they are wholly given to me from among the children of Israel; …

Numbers 18:15 Every thing that opens the matrix in all flesh, which they bring …

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