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 2:8

  • Bruce Borowski for verse 8
    Biblically speaking he had to be born sometime in may june ......... why would you believe the catholic church anyways??? They changed Holy days!
  • Deborah for verse 8
    The average low temperature in Bethlehem in December is 42 degrees F, certainly not too "cold" for woolly sheep to be out in the fields. Plus, historical Talmudic sources state that the sheep in Judaea "laid out in the summer and in the rainy season," ergo year round. And too, the summer is the dry season and there is no grass and many of the water holes dry up so shepherds move their flocks north into the cooler regions where rain and therefore grass and water is readily available. But in the fall the rain begin in Judaea and through the winter the fields are once more green with grass for the flocks to graze on. The only time flocks of sheep wouldn't be "in the fields" around Bethlehem would be in summer when there's no grass and little water. But then too we must consider that according to other historical documents the "temple flock" (those sheep destined for sacrifice in Jerusalem) were kept in the fields at Bethlehem, which means there would be sheep there year round to supply the sacrificial needs of the Temple in Jerusalem 5 miles away.
  • This verse shows that shepherds were in the field at night with their flocks when Jesus was born. Many people believe that December 25th was when Jesus was born, but during that time it would have been very cold. The shepherds would not have been outside, at night, with their sheep if it was wintery cold. This shows that Jesus was not born on December 25th and we are not sure exactly when he was born.

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