And it came to pass in those days, that there went out
a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should
2: (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius
was governor of Syria.)
3: And all went to be taxed, every one into his
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
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
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.