2:1 But it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the habitable land should be enrolled.
2 This enrollment took place first when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.
3 And all went to be enrolled, each one to his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,
5 to be enrolled with Mary who was betrothed to him, being with child.
6 And it came to pass while they were there, the days for her to bring forth were completed;
7 and she brought forth her son the firstborn, and swathed him, and laid him in a stall, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds living in the fields, and keeping guard over their flock during the watches of the night.
9 And an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were afraid with great fear.
10 And the angel said to them: Fear not; for behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy, which shall be for all the people;
11 for there is born to you this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign to you: you shall find a babe swathed in a stall.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men of his good pleasure.
15 And it came to pass when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go now to Bethlehem, and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.
16 And they came in haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the stall.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known concerning this thing that had been told them of this child.
18 And all that heard were astonished at the things told to them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all things that they had heard and seen as it had been told to them.
21 And when eight days had been completed for circumcising him, his name was also called Jesus, as it had been called by the angel before he had been conceived in the womb.
22 And when the days of their purification had been completed, according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,
23 as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;
24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, a pair of doves or two young pigeons.
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him:
26 and it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see, death, before he had seen the Lord’s anointed.
27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus that they might do for him according to the custom of the law,
28 he also took him into his arms, and blessed God and said:
29 Now, Lord, lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word, 30 for my eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 which thou hast prepared before the face of all the people,
32 a light for a revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
33 And his father and his mother were wondering at the things spoken concerning him.
34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: Behold, this is set for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be spoken against.
35 And a sword shall pass through thy soul also that thoughts may be revealed out of many hearts.
36 There was also Anna a prophetess, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher: she was advanced in many days, having lived with a husband seven years from her virginity,
37 and she was a widow till eighty-four years, who departed not from the temple, serving day and night with fastings and prayers.
38 And coming in at the same hour, she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all that looked for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 And when they had accomplished all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own city Nazareth.
40 And the child grew and became strong, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.
41 And his parents went yearly to Jerusalem at the feast of passover.
42 And when he was twelve years of age, they having gone up according to the custom of the feast,
43 and having completed the days, on their return the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and his parents knew it not.
44 But supposing that he was in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought for him among the relatives and the acquaintances,
45 and not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem seeking for him.
46 And it came to pass after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them and asking them questions;
47 and all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
48 And when they saw him they were amazed, and his mother said to him: Child, why hast thou dealt with us thus? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee, sorrowing.
49 And he said to them: Why is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?
50 And they understood not the word that he spoke to them.
51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all the words in her heart.
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and age, and in favor with God and men.