Luke 2:2

“(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

(And this taxing was first made whē Cyrenius was gouernor of Syria)
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

This was the first enrolment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
- American Standard Version (1901)

This was the first numbering, which was made when Quirinius was ruler of Syria.
- Basic English Bible

The census itself first took place when Cyrenius had the government of Syria.
- Darby Bible

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
- Webster's Bible

It was the first registration made during the governorship of Quirinius in Syria;
- Weymouth Bible

This was the first enrollment made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
- World English Bible

This firste discryuyng was maad of Cyryn, iustice of Sirie.
- Wycliffe Bible

this enrollment first came to pass when Cyrenius was governor of Syria --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 2:2


2:2 When Cyrenius was governor of Syria - When Publius Sulpicius Quirinus governed the province of Syria, in which Judea was then included.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 2:2


Lu 2:2 This taxing was first made, etc. This statement has caused some difficulty. Luke seems to affirm that the enrollment took place the year Jesus was born, but while Cyrenius was governor of Syria. Now Cyrenius was governor of Syria from A.D. 6 to A.D. 11. There are two ways of settling the apparent difficulty: (1) Augustus Caesar, incensed at Herod, ordered an enrollment for taxation of the Jews the year of the birth of Jesus. It was carried out in all probability by Cyrenius. The intercession of Herod's minister, Nicolas, averted the displeasure of Augustus and the taxation did not take place until Cyrenius was governor of Syria, after Archelaus, son of Herod, was deposed. These facts we learn from Josephus, and they remove the apparent discrepancy. But (2) A. W. Zumpt, of Berlin, followed by Alford and Schaff, make it highly probable that Cyrenius was governor of Syria twice, the first time from B.C. 4 to B.C. 1. I have not space for the argument which seems conclusive. But in B.C. 4 Jesus was born. Ancient writers, Christians as well as pagan opposers, state that Jesus was born while Cyrenius was governor of Syria.

Discussion for Luke 2

  • 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...
  • 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.

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