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1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 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, good will toward men. 15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. 21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. 22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 23 (As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. 25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And 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, 28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. 36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem. 39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. 41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, 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 unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? 50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. 51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

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1 Enakshi Ganguly = ""
2 Enakshi Ganguly = ""The Gospel of Luke tells us that Caesar Augustus ordered a census taken of the entire Roman world, possibly for tax purposes. Palestine was part of that world, so Joseph, earthly father of Jesus Christ, took his pregnant wife Mary to Bethlehem to register."Source: http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/a/JZ-Caesar-Augustus.htm"
3 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: http://christianity.about.com/od/newtestamentpeople/a/JZ-Caesar-Augustus.htm"
4 Sara Di Diego = "Also known as Quirinius or KireniusWork Cited:http://natal25desember.com/sensus-kirenius/"
5 Enakshi Ganguly = "A map:Source: http://peoplesgeography.com/2006/12/25/christmas-in-bethlehem/"
6 Sam P = "Luke 2: They went to be taxed on Rome's tax day - Sept 2nd. Mary GREAT with child and DAYS later Jesus was born. We can glean the year from Daniel as 4 BC. That year the Festival of Trumpets was on Sept 9th or the day the Jews crown their King."
7 Sara Di Diego = "One must remember that a manger was a feeding trough for animals, typically hogs, that was usually filled with scraps of food.  The modern equivalent would be placing a newborn in a dog dish, due to no other option.Due to the overuse of the phrase "laid him in a manger", Christians often overlook how humble Jesus' beginnings were.  According to the verses, God came down to live in the midst of his creations in order to save them.  He did not choose to become the son of a wealthy family of influence in Israel, but instead a seedling of a family that did not have enough respect to get a room at an inn."
8 Enakshi Ganguly = ""
9 Enakshi Ganguly = ""
10 Sara Di Diego = "This phrase is especially important, since it calls to attention Jesus' step-father, Joseph's, family line.  Joseph and Jesus' forefathers include big names from the Old Testament, such as Solomon, Boaz, and, of course, David.  This shows phrase was probably made by the authors to show how connected the New Testament is to the Old, and how God had planned Jesus' family line to be as prestigious as possible to prove that he was the son of God.Jesus' family tree can be found in Matthew 1: https://www.deily.org/bible/kjv/matthew/1"
11 Sara Di Diego = "It is interesting to note here that each character in this chapter is meant to provide commentary for a different group.  The chorus of angels show the point of view of the heavens.  They identify Jesus' role to come and the excitement his birth brings.  Mary and Joseph act the commentary of wordless wonderment, as Mary "pondered...in her heart".  But the shepherds provide commentary for what the author expects the readers to behave.  The shepherds are told of the power of Jesus and are amazed.  They then feel the need to see the savior themselves.  The author urges potential converts to subconsciously feel this amazement and chase after Jesus.Work Cited:https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/Luke/Birth-Jesus"
12 Enakshi Ganguly = ""A lot of people, including some Messianic Jews (Jews who believe Jesus is the Messiah), will call Jesus by a different name: Yeshua (Hebrew יֵשׁוּעַ). They say that Yeshua is the Jewish name that Jesus would have been called by those who knew him."Source: http://carm.org/jesus-name-really-yeshua"
13 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: http://precepts.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/marys-sin-offering/"
14 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Leviticus 12:8. And if she is not able to bring a lamb, then she may bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons—one as a burnt offering and the other as a sin offering. So the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean."Source: http://precepts.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/marys-sin-offering/"
15 Enakshi Ganguly = "A non-Jew."
16 Sara Di Diego = "There are many phrases of foreshadowing regarding Jesus' crucifiction and rising three days after.  This is just the first in the book of Luke.  Other instances of premonitions of this event can be found at:Luke 5:35Luke 9:44-45Luke 17:25Luke 18:32-33"
17 Enakshi Ganguly = ""...she was an aged Jewish woman who prophesied about Jesus at the Temple of Jerusalem."Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_the_Prophetess"
18 Enakshi Ganguly = "Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_the_Prophetess"
19 Enakshi Ganguly = ""... is a region in northern Israel which overlaps with much of the administrative Northern District and Haifa District of the country."Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galilee"
20 Enakshi Ganguly = ""Pesach, known in English as Passover, is one of the most commonly observed Jewish holidays, even by otherwise non-observant Jews...Agriculturally, it represents the beginning of the harvest season in Israel, but little attention is paid to this aspect of the holiday. The primary observances of Pesach are related to the Exodus from Egypt after generations of slavery."Source: http://www.jewfaq.org/holidaya.htm"
21 Deena E = "I can't imagine how Mary must've felt when she and Joseph accidentally left 12-year-old (almost a teen) Jesus behind. They go back and find him in the temple among the elders and leaders doing Q&A. It says "she kept those sayings in her heart." She was probably seriously reflecting on the things prophesied about him."
22 Enakshi Ganguly = "Most likely not referring to Joseph, but God."