NKJVNew King James Version
1And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2#Dan. 9:25; Acts 5:37This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. 3So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to #1 Sam. 16:1; Mic. 5:2the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, #Matt. 1:16because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, #(Matt. 1:18)his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7And #Matt. 1:25; Luke 1:31she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Glory in the Highest
8Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, #Luke 1:12and they were greatly afraid. 10Then the angel said to them, #Luke 1:13, 30“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy #Gen. 12:3; Is. 49:6; (Matt. 28:19; Mark 1:15; Col. 1:23)which will be to all people. 11#Is. 9:6For there is born to you this day in the city of David #Matt. 1:21; John 4:42; (Acts 5:31)a Savior, #Matt. 1:16; 16:16, 20; John 11:27; Acts 2:36; Phil. 2:11who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13#Gen. 28:12; Ps. 103:20; 148:2; Dan. 7:10; (Heb. 1:14); Rev. 5:11And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14“Glory#Matt. 21:9; Luke 19:38; Eph. 1:6 to God in the highest,
And on earth #Is. 57:19; (Rom. 5:1); Eph. 2:17; (Col. 1:20)peace, #(John 3:16; Eph. 2:4, 7; 2 Thess. 2:16; 1 John 4:9)goodwill toward men!”
15So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19#Gen. 37:11; Luke 1:66But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and #Luke 19:37praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.