The Scriptures (ISR 1998)
1And it came to be in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus for all the world to be registered.
2This took place as a first registration while Quirinius was governing Syria.
3And all were going to be registered, each one to his own city.
4And Yosĕph also went up from Galil, out of the city of Natsareth to Yehuḏah, to the city of Dawiḏ, which is called Bĕyth Leḥem, because he was of the house and lineage of Dawiḏ,
5to be registered with Miryam, who was engaged to him – being pregnant.
6And it came to be, that while they were there, the days were filled for her to give birth.
7And she gave birth to her first-born Son, and wrapped Him up, and laid Him down in a feeding trough, because there was no room for them in a lodging place.
8And in the same country there were shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9And look, a messenger of יהוה stood before them, and the esteem of יהוה shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
10And the messenger said to them, “Do not be afraid, for look, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be to all people.
11“Because there was born to you today in the city of Dawiḏ a Saviour, who is Messiah, the Master.
12“And this is the sign to you: You shall find a baby wrapped up, lying in a feeding trough.”
13And suddenly there was with the messenger a crowd of the heavenly host praising Elohim and saying,
14“Esteem to Elohim in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased!”
15And it came to be, when the messengers had gone away from them into the heaven, that the shepherds said to each other, “Indeed, let us go to Bĕyth Leḥem and see this matter that has taken place, which the Master has made known to us.”
16And they came in haste and found Miryam and Yosĕph, and the baby lying in a feeding trough.
17And having seen, they made known the matter which was spoken to them concerning the child.
18And all those who heard marvelled at what the shepherds said to them.
19But Miryam kept all these matters, considering them in her heart.
20And the shepherds returned, boasting and praising Elohim for all they had heard and seen, as it was spoken to them.
21And when eight days were completed for Him to be circumcised, His Name was called יהושע, the Name given by the messenger before He was conceived in the womb.
22And when the days of her cleansing according to the Torah of Mosheh were completed, they brought Him to Yerushalayim to present Him to יהוה –
23as it has been written in the Torah of יהוה, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called set-apart to יהוה” –
24and to give an offering according to what is said in the Torah of יהוה, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
25And see, there was a man in Yerushalayim whose name was Shim‛on, and this man was righteous and dedicated, looking for the comforting of Yisra’ĕl. And the Set-apart Spirit was upon him.
26And it had been revealed to him by the Set-apart Spirit that he would not see death before he sees the Messiah of יהוה.
27And he came in the Spirit into the Set-apart Place. And as the parents brought in the Child יהושע, to do for Him according to the usual practice of the Torah,
28then he took Him up in his arms and blessed Elohim and said,
29“Now let Your servant go in peace, O Master, according to Your word,
30for my eyes have seen Your deliverance,
31which You have prepared before the face of all the peoples,
32a light for the unveiling of the gentiles, and the esteem of Your people Yisra’ĕl.”
33And Yosĕph and His mother were marvelling at what was said about Him.
34And Shim‛on blessed them, and said to Miryam His mother, “See, this One is set for a fall and rising of many in Yisra’ĕl, and for a sign spoken against –
35and a sword shall pierce through your own being also – so as to reveal the thoughts of many hearts.”
36And there was Ḥannah, a prophetess, a daughter of Penu’ĕl, of the tribe of Ashĕr. She was advanced in years, and had lived with a husband seven years from her maidenhood,
37and she was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not leave the Set-apart Place, but served Elohim with fastings and prayers night and day.
38And she, coming in at that moment, gave thanks to יהוה, and spoke of Him to all who were waiting for redemption in Yerushalayim.
39And when they had accomplished all matters according to the Torah of יהוה, they returned to Galil, to their city Natsareth.
40And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom. And the favour of Elohim was upon Him.
41And His parents went to Yerushalayim every year at the Festival of the Passover.
42And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Yerushalayim according to the practice of the festival.
43When they had accomplished the days, as they returned, the Child יהושע stayed behind in Yerushalayim. And His parents did not know it,
44but thinking He was in the company, they went a day’s journey, and were seeking Him among the relatives and friends.
45And not having found Him, they returned to Yerushalayim, seeking Him.
46And it came to be, after three days, that they found Him in the Set-apart Place, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.
47And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.
48And having seen Him, they were amazed. And His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? See, Your father and I have been anxiously seeking You.”
49And He said to them, “Why were you seeking Me? Did you not know that I had to be in the matters of My Father?”
50But they did not understand the word which He spoke to them.
51And He went down with them and came to Natsareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these matters in her heart.
52And יהושע increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with Elohim and men.