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

  • Steve morrow
    LUKE 2:40 AND THE CHILD GREW AND WAXED STRONG IN SPIRIT FILLED WITH WISDOM AND THE GRACE OF GOD WAS UPON HIM COLOSSIANS 3:16 LET THE WORD OF CHRIST DWELL IN YOU RICHLY IN ALL WISDOM TEACHING AND ADMONISHING ONE ANOTHER IN PSALMS AND HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS SINGING WITH GRACE IN YOUR HEARTS TO THE LORD
  • Donald
    I thought Zion was the city of David
  • What a wonderful a son we have Jesus
    It's wonderful to know Jesus so joyful!
  • Irene123
    V. 46 - proves that there are no 'loner' Christians. Jesus Himself gave us this example (Heb. 10:25) at the age of 12. And verifying scriptures are: Matt.12:9; 13:54; Mk.1:21, 29; Lk.4:38; 6:6; Jn.6:59; 12:42; and on and on. Rom. 10:14 - How can they hear without a preacher; 1 Tim. 4:14 - a Preacher (pastor) has hands laid on him by Holy Ghost filled men for God's spirit to 'ordain' him.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Luke 2: Although Joseph and Mary were in Galilee, their first-born Jesus was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem, several miles away. God made it happen through Augustus' decree on taxation. God's words are yeah and amen. No jot goes unfulfilled. This chapter reports the birth of our Our Lord and Saviour Jesus and His early days. God made man. Praise God on high.
  • Irene123
    Jesus was not a hypocrite, Matt. 23:3; He LIVED what He taught.

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