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

  • Angela
    Awesome amen!!
  • Lilian
    GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST AND ON THIS EARTH PEACE AND GOOD TOWARDS MEN PRAISE YOU ABBA FATHER FOR GIVING JESUS TO US PEACE AND LIFE ON THIS EARTH. THANKS TO THE BLOOD OF JESUS SHED FOR US AND BY HIS BLOOD WE HAVE LIFE AND EXPERIENCE GOD'S GOODNESS AND MERCY THAT ALWAYS FOLLOWING ME AMEN
  • Steve morrow
    ROMANS 9:20 NAY BUT O MAN WHO ART THOU THAT REPLIEST AGAINST GOD SHALL THE THING FORMED SAY TO HIM THAT FORMED IT WHY HAST THOU MADE ME THUS --9:22-- WHAT IF GOD WILLING TO SHOW HIS WRATH AND TO MAKE HIS POWER KNOWN ENDURED WITH MUCH LONGSUFFERING THE VESSELS OF WRATH FITTED TO DESTRUCTION
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 11:5 THE LORD TRIETH THE RIGHTEOUS BUT THE WICKED AND HIM THAT --LOVETH VIOLENCE-- HIS SOUL HATEH LUKE 3:14 AND THE SOLDIERS LIKEWISE DEMANDED OF HIM SAYING AND WHAT SHALL WE DO AND HE SAID UNTO THEM --DO VIOLENCE TO NO MAN-- NEITHER ACCUSE ANY FALSELY MATTHEW 10:16 BEHOLD I SEND YOU FORTH AS SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES BE YOU THEREFORE WISE AS SERPENTS AND --HARMLESS AS DOVES-- HEBREWS 7:26 FOR SUCH AN HIGH PRIEST BECAME US WHO IS HOLY --HARMLESS--UNDEFILED SEPARATE FROM SINNERS AND MADE HIGHER THAN THE HEAVENS 1 PETER 4:15 BUT LET --NONE OF YOU-- SUFFER AS A MURDERER OR AS A THIEF OR AS AN EVIL DOER --- OR AS A BUSYBODY IN OTHER MENS MATTERS PROVERBS 10:11 THE MOUTH OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN IS A WELL OF LIFE BUT VIOLENCE COVERETH THE MOUTH OF THE WICKED
  • DENNIS RICHARDS
    God says to Moses For I am a JEALOUS God yet God also instructs Moses that human vanity jealously is a sin. God also commanded though shall not kill,yet He assisted Joshua in murdering all caanintes. Hard to inturpet as just.
  • Lilian
    Jesus himself is the word of God he came down not to condemn us but to fulfill the scriptures. Lets give thanks to the blood of Jesus amen

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