Luke 2:9
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New International Version
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

New Living Translation
Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terrified,

English Standard Version
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.

New American Standard Bible
And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

King James Bible
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

International Standard Version
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

NET Bible
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were absolutely terrified.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And behold, the Angel of God came to them and the glory of THE LORD JEHOVAH shone upon them and they were greatly afraid;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
An angel from the Lord suddenly appeared to them. The glory of the Lord filled the area with light, and they were terrified.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the clarity of the Lord shone round about them, and they feared greatly.

King James 2000 Bible
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were much afraid.

American King James Version
And, see, the angel of the Lord came on them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

American Standard Version
And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear.

Darby Bible Translation
And lo, an angel of [the] Lord was there by them, and [the] glory of [the] Lord shone around them, and they feared [with] great fear.

English Revised Version
And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

Webster's Bible Translation
And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were in great fear.

Weymouth New Testament
when suddenly an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round them; and they were filled with terror.

World English Bible
Behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Young's Literal Translation
and lo, a messenger of the Lord stood over them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they feared a great fear.
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 9. - The angel of the Lord came upon them; better, an angel. The Greek word rendered "came upon them" - a very favorite word with St. Luke - suggests a sudden appearance. The glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. The white shining cloud of intolerable brightness, known among the Jews as the Shechinah, the visible token of the presence of the Eternal, in the bush, in the pillar of fire and cloud which guided the desert-wanderings, in the tabernacle and the temple. It shone round the Redeemer on the Mount of Transfiguration. It robed him when, risen, he appeared to the Pharisee Saul outside Damascus. The occasional presence of this visible glory was exceedingly precious to the chosen people. The terror felt by the shepherds was the natural awe ever felt by man when brought into visible communion with the dwellers in the so-called spirit-world.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And lo, the angel of the Lord,.... It may be Gabriel, who had brought the tidings of the conception of the Messiah to the virgin, and now the birth of him to the shepherds:

came upon them; on a sudden, unexpectedly, at once, and stood by them, as some versions read; or rather, stood over them, over their heads, just above them; so that he was easily and perfectly seen by them,

and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; or a very glorious and extraordinary light shone with surprising lustre and brightness all around them; by which light, they could discern the illustrious form of the angel that was over them:

and they were sore afraid; at the sight of such a personage, and at such unusual light and glory about them: they were not used to such appearances, and were awed with the majesty of God, of which these were symbols, and were conscious to themselves of their own sinfulness and frailty.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. glory of the Lord—"the brightness or glory which is represented as encompassing all heavenly visions" [Olshausen].

sore afraid—So it ever was (Da 10:7, 8; Lu 1:12; Re 1:17). Men have never felt easy with the invisible world laid suddenly open to their gaze. It was never meant to be permanent; a momentary purpose was all it was intended to serve.

Luke 2:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Shepherds and Angels
8In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 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;…
Cross References
Luke 1:11
Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.

Luke 1:12
When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.

Luke 2:8
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

Luke 24:4
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.

Acts 5:19
But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.

Acts 12:7
Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off Peter's wrists.
Treasury of Scripture

And, see, the angel of the Lord came on them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

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Luke 1:11,28 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right …

Judges 6:11,12 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was …

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD …

Acts 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …

and the.

Exodus 16:7,10 And in the morning, then you shall see the glory of the LORD; for …

Exodus 40:34,35 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory …

1 Kings 8:11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: …

Isaiah 6:3 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD …

Isaiah 35:2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: …

Isaiah 40:5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall …

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen on you.

Ezekiel 3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory …

John 12:41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spoke of him.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, …

and they.

Luke 1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell on him.

Isaiah 6:4,5 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and …

Acts 22:6-9 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come near …

Acts 26:13,14 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the …

Hebrews 12:21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose …

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