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The Birth Of Jesus

         For God sent His Son into the world,
               not to condemn the
          world, but the world through Him
               might be saved - John

                        Luke 2
         And it came to pass in those days,
        that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus,
        that all the world should be

      (And this census was first made when Cyrenius was
      governor of Syria.) 

       And all went to be registered,
       every one into his own city. 

       And Joseph also went up from Galilee,
       out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea,
      to the city of David, which is called
      Bethlehem; (because he was of the house
       and lineage of David:) 

       To be registered with Mary his
       betrothed wife, being great
       with child. 

       And so it was, that, while they 
       were there, the days were
       completed that she should be delivered. 

        And she brought forth her firstborn son,
       and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
       and laid him in a manger; because there
       was no room for them in the inn. 

        And there were in the same country
       shepherds abiding in the field,
       keeping watch over their flock by night. 

          And, lo, the angel of the Lord 
         came upon them, and the
         glory of the Lord shone round 
          about them: and they were
          greatly afraid. 

         And the angel said to them, 
        Fear not: for, behold, I bring
        you good tidings of great joy,
        which shall be to all people. 

       For to you is born this day in the
       city of David a Saviour,
       which is Christ the Lord. 

         And this shall be a sign to you; 
        You shall find the babe
        wrapped in swaddling clothes,
        lying in a manger. 

       And suddenly there was with the 
      angel a multitude of the
      heavenly host praising God, and saying, 

    Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace, good will
    toward men. 

     And it came to pass, as the 
    angels were gone away from
    them into heaven, the shepherds 
    said one to another, Let us
   now go even to Bethlehem, and see
    this thing which is come to
     pass, which the Lord has 
     made known to us. 

     And they came with haste, 
    and found Mary, and Joseph,
    and the babe lying in a manger. 

      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
    marvelled at those things which
    were told them by the shepherds. 

   But Mary kept all these things, 
    and pondered them in her

    And the shepherds returned,
    glorifying and praising God
     for all the things that they had heard
     and seen, as it was told to

     And when eight days were
    completed for the
    circumcising of the child,
     his name was called JESUS, which
    was so named of the angel before he 
    was conceived in the

      And when the days of her purification
     according to the
    law of Moses were completed,
   they brought him to Jerusalem,
    to present him to the Lord; 

   (As it is written in the law 
   of the Lord, Every male that
   openeth the womb shall be
   called holy to the Lord;) 

    And to offer a sacrifice 
   according to that which is said in
   the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves,
    or two young pigeons. 

    And, behold, there was a man
    in Jerusalem, whose name
    was Simeon; and the same man 
    was just and devout, waiting
   for the consolation of Israel:
    and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

    And it was revealed to him by
    the Holy Spirit, that he
   should not see death, before he had 
    seen the Lord's Christ. 

    And he came by the Spirit 
   into the temple: and when the
   parents brought in the child Jesus, 
   to do for him after the
    custom of the law, 

   Then took he him up in his arms
   , and blessed God, and

   Lord, now let your servant
   depart in peace, according to
   your word: 

   For mine eyes have seen 
   your salvation, 

    Which you have prepared before
    the face of all people; 

     A light to bring revelation to the
     Gentiles, and the glory of
      your people Israel. 

     And Joseph and his mother
     marvelled at those things
    which were spoken of him. 

     And Simeon blessed them, 
     and said to Mary his mother,
    Behold, this child is destined 
    for the fall and rising again of
    many in Israel; and for a sign which
     shall be spoken against; 

    (Yea, a sword shall pierce
    through thy own soul also,)
    that the thoughts of many hearts 
       may be revealed. 

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