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II.  And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be registered.

2This registering was the first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.

3And all went to be registered, each one to his own city.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and family of David),

5to be registered with Mary his betrothed wife, who was with child.

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were completed that she should bring forth.

7And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swathing bands, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, and keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, behold, an angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all the people.

11For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be to you the sign: Ye will find a babe wrapped in swathing bands, lying in a manger.

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

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among men.

15And it came to pass, when the angels were gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said one to another: Let us go now unto Bethlehem, and see this thing that is come to pass, which the Lord made known to us.

16And they came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger.

17And having seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18And all that heard wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.

19And Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.

20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they heard and saw, as it was told to them.

21And when eight days were completed for circumcising him, his name was called Jesus; the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

22And when the days of their purification, according to the law of Moses, were completed, 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;)

24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord: A pair of turtle-doves, or two young pigeons.

25And, 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,

26And it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.

27And he came by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,

28then he took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said:

29Now, Lord, thou lettest thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word;

30because my eyes saw thy salvation,

31which thou preparedst before the face of all the peoples,

32a light for a revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

33And his father and mother wondered at the things spoken of him.

34And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be spoken against,

35(and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul also), that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.

36And there was Anna, a prophetess, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;

37and she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, who departed not from the temple, serving day and night with fastings and prayers.

38And she, coming up at that very time, likewise gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of him to all that were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

39And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.

40And the child grew, and became strong, being filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

41And his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42And when he was twelve years old, they having gone up according to the custom of the feast,

43and completed the days, as they returned, Jesus the child remained behind in Jerusalem. And his parents knew it not,

44but supposing that he was in the company, went a day's journey, and sought him among their kindred and acquaintance;

45and not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

47And all that heard him, were astonished at his understanding and answers.

48And seeing him they were amazed. And his mother said to him: Child, why didst thou thus deal with us? Behold, thy father and I sought thee, sorrowing.

49And he said to them: How is it that ye sought me? Did ye not know, that I must be in my Father's house?

50And they understood not the saying which he spoke to them.

51And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.