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1 Now it happened that at this time Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be made of the whole inhabited world.
Luke 3:1  Matt 24:14  Acts 11:28  Acts 25:21  Phil 4:22  Rom 1:8  Acts 25:11 

2 This census -- the first -- took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria,
Luke 3:1  Acts 5:37  Acts 13:7  Acts 18:12  Acts 23:26  Acts 26:30  Matt 4:24 

3 and everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.

4 So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee for Judaea, to David's town called Bethlehem, since he was of David's House and line,
Mic 5:2  John 7:42  1Sam 16:1  Luke 1:26-27  Matt 2:23  1Sam 16:4  1Sam 17:12 

5 in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
Deut 22:22-27  Matt 1:18-19 

6 Now it happened that, while they were there, the time came for her to have her child,
Mic 5:2  Ps 33:11  Luke 1:57  Rev 12:1-5  Prov 19:21 

7 and she gave birth to a son, her first-born. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the living-space.
Matt 1:25  Gal 4:4  John 1:14  Isa 53:2-3  2Cor 8:9  Exod 4:24  Isa 7:14 

8 In the countryside close by there were shepherds out in the fields keeping guard over their sheep during the watches of the night.
Ezek 34:8  Gen 31:39-40  John 10:8-12  1Sam 17:34-35  Exod 3:1-2  Ps 78:70-71 

9 An angel of the Lord stood over them and the glory of the Lord shone round them. They were terrified,
2Cor 3:18  1Tim 3:16  Acts 27:23  Isa 60:1  1Kgs 8:11  2Cor 4:6  Acts 5:19 

10 but the angel said, 'Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people.
Isa 52:7  Isa 40:9  Gen 12:3  Isa 49:6  Isa 61:1  Matt 28:18  Ps 98:2-3 

11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Isa 9:6  Matt 1:21  Luke 1:43  Acts 2:36  Matt 16:16  Titus 3:4-7  Matt 1:16 

12 And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.'
Isa 7:14  Isa 7:11  Isa 53:1-2  Ps 22:6  1Sam 2:34  1Sam 10:2-7  2Kgs 19:29 

13 And all at once with the angel there was a great throng of the hosts of heaven, praising God with the words:
1Kgs 22:19  Rev 5:11  Heb 1:14  Dan 7:10  Gen 28:12  Gen 32:1-2  Job 38:7 

14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace for those he favours.
Col 1:20  Luke 1:79  Luke 19:38  Rom 5:1  Isa 9:6-7  Rev 5:13  Acts 10:36 

15 Now it happened that when the angels had gone from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let us go to Bethlehem and see this event which the Lord has made known to us.'
1Pet 3:22  2Kgs 2:1  2Kgs 2:11  Exod 3:3  John 20:1-10  Luke 24:51  Matt 2:1-2 

16 So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.
Luke 2:7  Luke 2:12  Luke 19:32  Luke 1:39  Luke 22:13  Eccl 9:10 

17 When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him,
Luke 2:38  Luke 8:39  Mal 3:16  Ps 16:9-10  Ps 66:16  Ps 71:17-18  John 1:41-46 

18 and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds said to them.
Isa 8:18  Luke 1:65-66  Luke 2:33  Luke 2:47  Luke 4:36  Luke 5:9-10 

19 As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:51  Luke 1:66  1Sam 21:12  Gen 37:11  Hos 14:9  Luke 9:43-44  Prov 4:4 

20 And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as they had been told.
Acts 11:18  1Chr 29:10-12  Acts 2:46-47  Isa 29:19  Luke 18:43  Luke 19:37-38  Matt 9:8 

21 When the eighth day came and the child was to be circumcised, they gave him the name Jesus, the name the angel had given him before his conception.
Luke 1:31  Luke 1:59  Gen 17:12  Lev 12:3  Matt 1:21  Matt 1:25  Matt 3:15 

22 And when the day came for them to be purified in keeping with the Law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord-
Lev 12:1-8 

23 observing what is written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord-
Exod 13:2  Num 3:13  Exod 22:29  Exod 13:12-15  Exod 34:19  Num 8:16-17  Num 18:15 

24 and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is prescribed in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.
Lev 12:6-8  2Cor 8:9  Lev 12:2 

25 Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to the restoration of Israel and the Holy Spirit rested on him.
Luke 1:6  Luke 2:38  Mark 15:43  Isa 25:9  Isa 40:1  Luke 1:41  Luke 23:51 

26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord.
Heb 11:5  John 8:51  Luke 9:27  Acts 10:38  Acts 2:36  Ps 25:14  Acts 9:20 

27 Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required,
Acts 10:19  Luke 2:41  Luke 2:48  Luke 2:51  Rev 17:3  Acts 8:29  Acts 11:12 

28 he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said:
Luke 1:64  Luke 2:13-14  Luke 2:20  Luke 1:46  Luke 1:68  Mark 9:36  Mark 10:16 

29 Now, Master, you are letting your servant go in peace as you promised;
Gen 15:15  Luke 2:26  Rev 14:13  Isa 57:1-2  Phil 1:23  Ps 37:37  Gen 46:30 

30 for my eyes have seen the salvation
Luke 3:6  Isa 49:6  Isa 52:10  Luke 2:10-11  2Sam 23:1-5  Acts 4:10-12  Gen 49:18 

31 which you have made ready in the sight of the nations;
Ps 98:2-3  Isa 42:1-4  Isa 42:10-12  Isa 45:21-25  Isa 62:1-2  Ps 96:1-3  Ps 96:10-13 

32 a light of revelation for the gentiles and glory for your people Israel.
Acts 26:23  Isa 49:6  Isa 60:1-3  Acts 13:47-48  Isa 42:6-7  Acts 28:28  Isa 9:2 

33 As the child's father and mother were wondering at the things that were being said about him,
Isa 8:18  Luke 1:65-66  Luke 2:48 

34 Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, 'Look, he is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is opposed-
1Pet 2:7-8  1Cor 1:23  Matt 21:44  Acts 9:1-20  Hos 14:9  Acts 28:22  Isa 8:14-15 

35 and a sword will pierce your soul too -- so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.'
Deut 8:2  1Cor 11:19  Acts 8:21-23  John 8:42-47  John 15:22-24  John 19:25  Judg 5:15-16 

36 There was a prophetess, too, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years
Acts 21:9  Exod 15:20  Gen 30:13  1Cor 12:1  2Kgs 22:14  Acts 2:18  Job 5:26 

37 before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer.
1Tim 5:5  Acts 14:23  Acts 13:3  Acts 26:7  1Sam 2:2  Exod 38:8  Luke 5:33 

38 She came up just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.
Luke 2:25  2Cor 9:15  Luke 1:68  Luke 24:21  Mark 15:43  Eph 1:3  Luke 1:46-56 

39 When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
Luke 2:4  Deut 12:32  Gal 4:4-5  Luke 1:6  Luke 2:21-24  Luke 2:51  Matt 2:22-23 

40 And as the child grew to maturity, he was filled with wisdom; and God's favour was with him.
Luke 2:52  Luke 1:80  John 1:14  Ps 22:9  1Sam 2:18  1Sam 2:26  1Sam 3:19 

41 Every year his parents used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.
1Sam 1:3  Deut 12:18  Deut 16:1-8  John 2:13  1Sam 1:21  Deut 12:5-7  Deut 12:11 

42 When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual.

43 When the days of the feast were over and they set off home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it.
Exod 12:15  2Chr 25:17  2Chr 30:21-23 

44 They assumed he was somewhere in the party, and it was only after a day's journey that they went to look for him among their relations and acquaintances.
Isa 2:3  Ps 122:1-4  Ps 42:4 

45 When they failed to find him they went back to Jerusalem looking for him everywhere.

46 It happened that, three days later, they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions;
Isa 49:1-2  Luke 5:17  Acts 5:34  Isa 50:4  Matt 12:40  1Kgs 12:5  1Kgs 12:12 

47 and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies.
Luke 4:32  Matt 7:28  John 7:15  Mark 1:22  Ps 119:99  John 7:46  Luke 4:22 

48 They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, 'My child, why have you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.'
Luke 2:49  Luke 3:23  Luke 4:22  Matt 12:46 

49 He replied, 'Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?'
John 6:38  John 8:29  Mal 3:1  Ps 40:8  John 4:34  John 5:17  Luke 2:48 

50 But they did not understand what he meant.
Luke 18:34  Luke 9:45  Mark 9:32 

51 He went down with them then and came to Nazareth and lived under their authority. His mother stored up all these things in her heart.
Luke 2:19  Dan 7:28  1Pet 2:21  Gen 37:11  Mark 6:3  Eph 5:21  Eph 6:1-2 

52 And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and with people.
Luke 2:40  Prov 3:3-4  1Sam 2:26  Luke 1:80  Rom 14:18  Acts 7:9-10