1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. (Lk 3,1; Apg 5,37; Apg 17,7)2 This was the first registration when
1. Or This was the registration before
 Quirinius was governor of Syria. (Lk 2,1; Lk 3,1)3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town.4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, (1Sam 16,1; Mt 2,1; Mt 2,23; Lk 1,26; Lk 1,27; Lk 2,11; Joh 7,42)5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,
1. That is, one legally pledged to be married
 who was with child.6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. (Lk 2,4)7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
 depart in peace, according to your word; (1Mo 15,15; Lk 2,26)30 for my eyes have seen your salvation (Jes 52,10; Lk 3,6)31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, (Ps 98,2; Lk 24,47)32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” (Jes 42,6; Jes 45,25; Jes 46,13; Jes 49,6; Jes 52,10; Jes 60,3; Lk 2,10; Joh 8,12; Apg 13,47; Apg 26,23)33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. (Lk 2,27)34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (Jes 8,14; Mt 21,44; Joh 9,39; Apg 28,22; 1Kor 1,23; 2Kor 2,16; 1Petr 2,8)35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, (2Mo 15,20)37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. (Lk 2,4; Lk 2,23)40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him. (Lk 1,80)
The Boy Jesus in the Temple
41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. (2Mo 23,15; 5Mo 16,1; 1Sam 1,3; Lk 2,27; Joh 2,13)42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom. (Joh 11,55)43 And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, (2Mo 12,15; 3Mo 23,8; 5Mo 16,3; Lk 2,41)44 but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances,45 and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him.46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (Mt 26,55; Lk 5,17)47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.48 And when his parents
1. Greek they
 saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.” (Lk 2,27; Lk 2,49)49 And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
1. Or about my Father’s business
 (Lk 13,33; Joh 2,16; Joh 14,2)50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. (Mk 9,32; Lk 18,34)51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. (Lk 2,19)52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature