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

  • Irene123
    Vs. 8-12; every time I read these - I hear Linus; I am 74, but as with most adults I watched it with my kids. That scene with Linus will always be special to me. It was the only time 'religion' was allowed in a child's show.
  • A disciple
    "And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds." There has never been a problem with news and information getting out among the people, and all Israel knew what was reported about Jesus coming into the world. We too have been told all things by God.
  • A disciple
    "And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." God in His great love and very good purposes has always had in His heart to save man, and to undo what the devil and sin has done to destroy us. Oh that all His works would praise Him!
  • Irene123
    To O. Bakre - I like the way you grouped the names together under one subject. Makes researching them easy. The Lord blessed you with that idea.
  • OLUGBENGA BAKRE
    Luke 2:52 is what any living soul should pray 4 from God, Jesus (King of Glory himself) grew in Wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man, Samuel in favour with God and man 1 samuel 2:26, Abraham favour, Joseph favour, Moses Favour. all the people that are noteworthy in the Bible are in favour with God and Man. Therefore I pray to Grow in Wisdom,Stature and in Favour with God
  • Isaac jozabad
    just as Jesus increased in love,favor and wisdom every minister of Christ Jesus should increase in love favor and wisdom with God if he is ready to serve God and his people
    verse 51

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