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

  • 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...
  • Ron Jefferson
    I love Luke chapter 2 it tells of birth of Jesus Christ how he was born, life and salvation. Jesus was born in manager. He grew up learning about God at age 12 he minster to men. It was professed he was salvation. Jesus was born so we may have
    Eternal life.
  • Macieso
    I love kjv of the Bible and Luke chp 2 i s one of the greatest chp in the Bible and love it.
  • GeraldineCole
    This is great and I was bless again just reading it over again Anna the prop.was a women that love God I pray that God will raise up many more like Anna and other women in the bible .Women U are important to Jesus The Christ Jesus is calling his Childern Out he is saying live in the world but be not of this world come out live for him U can not be and do and act like the world and be a child of Jesus u can not love the world nor things in the world.but we must show love to the world why because we belong to Jesus we have the real love inside of us the sinner have a nature love which depending on if u do and act like they want u to they love U .and thats not real love .it appointed a man once to die then the judgment. Question is will U Be Ready
  • Tolasek
    I believe that Jesus Christ was born on the Feast of the Trumpets! The first day of Tishri, Rosh Hashana!

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