Luke Chapter 2 (1611 Bible)
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And it came to passe in those dayes, that there went out a decree from Cesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made whē Cyrenius was gouernor of Syria)
And all went to bee taxed, euery one into his owne citie.
And Ioseph also wēt vp frō Galilee, out of the citie of Nazareth, into Iudea, vnto the citie of Dauid, which is called Bethlehem, (because he was of the house and linage of Dauid,)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that while they were there, the dayes were accomplished that she should be deliuered.
And she brought foorth her first borne sonne, and wrapped him in swadling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no roome for them in the Inne.
And there were in the same countrey shepheards abiding in þe field, keeping watch ouer their flocke by night.
And loe, the Angel of the Lord came vpon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.
And the Angel said vnto them, Feare not: For behold, I bring you good tidings of great ioy, which shall be to all people.
For vnto you is borne this day, in the citie of Dauid, a Sauiour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a signe vnto you; yee shall find the babe wrapped in swadling clothes lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heauenly hoste praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good wil towards men.
And it came to passe, as the Angels were gone away from them into heauen, the shepheards said one to another, Let vs now goe euen vnto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to passe, which the Lord hath made knowen vnto vs.
And they came with haste, and found Mary and Ioseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
And when they had seene it, they made knowen abroad the saying, which was told them, concerning this child.
And all they that heard it, wondered at those things, which were tolde them by the shepheards.
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepheards returned, glorifying & praising God for all the things that they had heard and seene, as it was told vnto them.
And when eight dayes were accomplished for the circumcising of the childe, his name was called Iesus, which was so named of the Angel before he was conceiued in the wombe.
And when the dayes of her purification according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they brought him to Hierusalem, to present him to the Lord,
(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Euery male that openeth the wombe, shalbe called holy to the Lord)
And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the Law of the Lord, a paire of turtle doues, or two yong pigeons.
And behold, there was a man in Hierusalem, whose name was Simeon, and the same man was iust and deuout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the holy Ghost was vpon him.
And it was reuealed vnto him by the holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seene the Lords Christ.
And hee came by the spirit into the Temple: and when the parents brought in the child Iesus, to doe for him after the custome of the Lawe,
Then tooke hee him vp in his armes, and blessed God, and said,
Lord now lettest thou thy seruant depart in peace, according to thy word.
For mine eyes haue seene thy saluation.
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people.
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
And Ioseph and his mother marueiled at those things which were spoken of him.
And Simeon blessed them, and said vnto Marie his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising againe of many in Israel: and for a signe which shall be spoken against,
(Yea a sword shall pearce thorow thy owne soule also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be reuealed.
And there was one Anna a Prophetesse, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; she was of a great age, and had liued with an husband seuen yeeres from her virginitie.
And she was a widow of about fourescore and foure yeeres, which departed not from the Temple, but serued God with fastings and prayers night and day.
And she comming in that instant, gaue thankes likewise vnto the Lord, and spake of him to al them that looked for redemption in Hierusalem.
And when they had performed all things according to the Lawe of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their owne citie Nazareth.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit filled with wisedome, and the grace of God was vpon him.
Now his parents went to Hierusalem euery yeere, at the feast of the Passeouer.
And when he was twelue yeeres old, they went vp to Hierusalem, after the custome of the feast.
And when they had fulfilled the dayes, as they returned, the childe Iesus taried behind in Hierusalem, and Ioseph and his mother knew not of it.
But they supposing him to haue bene in the company, went a daies iourney, and they sought him among their kinsefolke and acquaintance.
And when they found him not, they turned backe againe to Hierusalem, seeking him.
And it came to passe, that after three daies they found him in the Temple, sitting in the midst of the Doctours, both hearing them, and asking them questions.
And all that heard him were astonished at his vnderstanding, and answeres.
And when they sawe him, they were amazed: and his mother said vnto him, Sonne, why hast thou thus dealt with vs? Behold, thy father and I haue sought thee sorrowing.
And he said vnto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist yee not that I must bee about my fathers businesse?
And they vnderstood not the saying which he spake vnto them.
And he went downe with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subiect vnto them: But his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
And Iesus increased in wisedom and stature, and in fauour with God and man.
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Shaibu Negedu Israel's Luke Chapter 2 comment on 2/05/2013, 11:50am...
I bless God a bout the life of Simeon who waited for the fulfillment of God's unfailing promise. He saw Christ and he was comforted. We shall all see the promise of God for our lives before we leave this world if we have faith in God.
Kadia's Luke Chapter 2 comment about verse 37 on 1/15/2013, 8:47am...
This is a woman of strong faith.
Jay's Luke Chapter 2 comment on 12/31/2012, 12:41pm...
To study the differences between the King James Version 1611 (authorized version) and the other versions is something you should do with diligence (Hebrews 11:6; 2 Timothy 2:15) and I believe you will conclude that the King James Version 1611 (authorized version) is the only inspired word of God as I have. As for the vulgate text it is from the Alexandria manuscripts (Egypt) Latin based that the catholic church uses for their version translated by origen and others that is proven to be corrupt by most honest and true bible translators. The King James Version 1611 (authorized version) is translated from the manuscripts of Antioch (Acts 11:26) (Textus Receptus) where you will find that most honest and true translators conclude to be correct. As for the original text there are no original texts and when someone can produce them I might start altering my thinking on this subject. God is never to concern about the originals, see what god does with originals and how he preserves his word (Exodus 32:19, Exodus 34:1; Psalms 12:6,7; Matthew 24:35; Peter 1:19) more original writings (Jeremiah 30:1, Jeremiah 36:27, 28, 32). God has preserved his word in the King James Version 1611 (authorized version). When a person comes to conclusion that all versions are of God they have not studied the scriptures with diligence. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8). There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end there of is the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12; 2 Timothy 2:15).
Brad Holland's Luke Chapter 2 comment about verse 14 on 12/28/2012, 4:40am...
The difference in the King James Version of Luke 2:14 to the Vulgate is worth studying. Wikipedia says it is based on inclusion or omission of a "genitive" vowel at the end of Greek versions of the verse. I have not yet found decisively strong evidence supporting one translation over the other or (alternatively) allowing for both interpretations as would be possible if the original text was not explicit in it's use of language. I would be happy for information explaining the King James interpretation or translation of this verse.
Vincent's Luke Chapter 2 comment on 12/26/2012, 10:23am...
Every time I read Luke 2, my heart is filled with joy and peace settles over me, knowing that this child lives in my heart and is my Salvation. Then I read people trying to figure out what the lineage of the Christ was/is. And I just have to marvel at the ignorance expressed in these conjectures. What difference does it make and how is it any of our business? God sent his son to be born of Mary, a virgin. That should be enough for any believer.
Evalena Latham's Luke Chapter 2 comment on 12/25/2012, 1:37pm...
This blesses us to know that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the living God. He came as the scriptures said, to give life unto the world. Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will to men.
Eli Gingerich's Luke Chapter 2 comment on 12/24/2012, 8:24am...
I believe all of the Holy Bible. What we read in Luke 2 is the entire truth. So as some one that has experienced the truth "Word of God" I know there is a true and living God, "Father of Jesus Christ", The only begotten Son Of God.
Helen's Luke Chapter 2 comment on 12/21/2012, 11:59am...
I can't help feeling sad about some comments written about these scriptures demonstrating their unbelief. It is like Paul said the god of this word has blinded them lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ who is the image of God should shine unto them. The scriptures say 'but if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost' 2 Corinthians 4:3,4.
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