Luke 2: 1-20 (NIV/KJV)
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn.
8 And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field nearby, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 An lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were afraid. 10 But the angel said to them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you: You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 Suddenly, a great company of heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.
16 So they hurried off and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child. 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
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