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Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

2:1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all theworld
should be registered.

2:2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor
of Syria.

2:3 All went to their own towns to be registered.

2:4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the
city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and
family of David.

2:5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was
expecting a child.

2:6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.

2:7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of
cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the

2:8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over
their flock by night.

2:9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord
shone around them, and they were terrified.

2:10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see--I am bringing you
good news of great joy for all the people:

2:11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah,
the Lord.

2:12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of
cloth and lying in a manger."

2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host,
praising God and saying,

2:14 "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those
whom he favors!"

2:15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said
to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken
place, which the Lord has made known to us."

2:16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying
in the manger.

2:17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about
this child;

2:18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

2:19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

2:20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had
heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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