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

  • 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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