The Christmas Story
The Birth of JESUS
1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David;
1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said,
1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying,
1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:
1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her,
1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age:
1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.
1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:
1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man,
1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold,
1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
1:22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled
1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,
1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him,
1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son:
2:1 And it came to pass in those days,
2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth,
2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there,
2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son,
2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
2:10 And the angel said unto them,
2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you;
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, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven,
2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying
2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God
2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS,
2:22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished,
2:23 (As it is written in the law of the LORD,
2:24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord,
2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon;
2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost,
2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple:
2:28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
2:29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
2:30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
2:31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
2:33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother,
2:35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,)
2:36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser:
2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not
2:38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord,
2:39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord,
2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?
2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together,
2:5 And they said unto him,
2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda:
2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men,
2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child;
2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed;
2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child
2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod,
2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying,
2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
2:15 And was there until the death of Herod:
2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men,
2:17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,
2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning,
2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
2:21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel .
2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid
2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: