Luke 2:8

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And there were in the same countrey shepheards abiding in þe field, keeping watch ouer their flocke by night.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

In the same region there were {some} shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And there were shepherds in the same country abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And in the same country there were keepers of sheep in the fields, watching over their flock by night.
- Basic English Bible

And there were shepherds in that country abiding without, and keeping watch by night over their flock.
- Darby Bible

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
- Webster's Bible

Now there were shepherds in the same part of the country, keeping watch over their sheep by night in the open fields,
- Weymouth Bible

There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock.
- World English Bible

And scheepherdis weren in the same cuntre, wakynge and kepynge the watchis of the nyyt on her flok.
- Wycliffe Bible

And there were shepherds in the same region, lodging in the field, and keeping the night-watches over their flock,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Luke 2:8


Lu 2:8 There were . . . shepherds. The fields around Bethlehem have been for four thousand years the resort of shepherding. There David had cared for his flocks. Keeping watch. To guard their flocks from robbers and wild beasts, and to keep them from straying.

Discussion for Luke 2

  • BSP
    Jesus continued subject to his earthly parents as verse 51 mentions. Even though he was perfect, he obeyed his imperfect parents.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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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