Luke 2:1

“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And it came to passe in those dayes, that there went out a decree from Cesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Now it came to pass in those days, there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now it came about in those days that an order went out from Caesar Augustus that there was to be a numbering of all the world.
- Basic English Bible

But it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census should be made of all the habitable world.
- Darby Bible

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
- Webster's Bible

Just at this time an edict was issued by Caesar Augustus for the registration of the whole Empire.
- Weymouth Bible

Now it happened in those days, that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled.
- World English Bible

And it was don in tho daies, a maundement wente out fro the emperour August, that al the world schulde be discryued.
- Wycliffe Bible

And it came to pass in those days, there went forth a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world be enrolled --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 2:1


2:1 That all the world should be enrolled - That all the inhabitants, male and female, of every town in the Roman empire, with their families and estates, should be registered.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 2:1


Lu 2:1 The Birth of Jesus SUMMARY OF LUKE 2: The Decree of Augustus Caesar. The Journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. The Babe in the Manger. The Shepherds and the Song of the Angels. The Circumcision of the Child. The Child in the Temple. The Prophecy of Simeon. The Prophecy of Anna. The Child at Nazareth. Jesus with the Doctors. My Father's Business. Went out a decree from Caesar Augustus. Augustus Caesar, the nephew and heir of Julius Caesar, the first of the Roman emperors, was now the ruler of the civilized world. Though Judea was ruled by Herod as king, he was dependent upon and the servant of Augustus Caesar. That all the world. The Roman empire which embraced all the world then known to civilization; all southern and western Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. Should be taxed. A census was to be taken as a preliminary to a poll tax in the provinces.

Discussion for Luke 2

  • Lilian
    Jesus was also learning the words that comes from the Father at 12 yrs he was sharing the word's with Rabbai's . Jesus himself is the word of God he was given to us not to condemn but to fulfill the Scripture s . We must be Rejoice always as VICTORY HAS COME. I PRAISE YOU JESUS AND LOVE YOUR WORDS AND I WILL KEEP THEM UNTIL RAPTURE.AMEN
  • Lilian
    Jesus was given by God to us because of his love . John 3:16 for God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son Jesus Christ whoever believes in him shall not be perish but have everlasting life amen. What a faithful and loving God we serve. Jesus took our sins pain and worries on the cross he paid the price for us it is finish. Lets keep praising Jesus for everything he have done. Amen
  • Norm
    Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
  • David L Canham
    Luke surely was a man of great knowledge because he know how the people would react to unusual events and that word would be spread very rapidly which would ignite the explosion necessary for God plan to be implemented.
  • Masha
    as a mother who tends to be talkative, I am challenged by MARY'S example in verses 19 and 51 of Luke 2:she stored these things in her heart and often pondered them. that i may be more meditative than talkative!
    Mary and Joseph fulfilled all the requirements of the law for baby Jesus; and He lived a life of obedience and submission to His earthly parents(51).JESUS was the personification of grace
  • KDC
    The shepherds got a fantastic piece of news!!! I believe that after seeing the Christ, in their excitement, must have noised it abroad right there in Bethlehem. But guess what??? The peiple Having ears they listened but didn't really hear.....scriptural...

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