9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great
light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light
You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they
rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult
when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of
For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments
rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority
rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless
peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish
and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time
onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do
96:1 O sing to the LORD
a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be
revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the
Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the
LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and
come into his courts.
Worship the LORD in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the
Say among the nations, "The LORD is king! The world is firmly
established; it shall never be moved. He will judge the peoples
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea
roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the
trees of the forest sing for joy
before the LORD; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the
earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples
with his truth.
2:11 For the grace of
God has appeared, bringing salvation to all,
training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the
present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and
while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the
glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all
iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are
zealous for good deeds.
2:1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus
that all the world should be registered.
This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was
governor of Syria.
All went to their own towns to be registered.
Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to
the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from
the house and family of David.
He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who
was expecting a child.
While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands
of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for
them in the inn.
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping
watch over their flock by night.
Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the
Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see--I am
bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:
to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the
Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in
bands of cloth and 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 heaven, and on earth peace among
those whom he favors!"
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds
said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this
thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to
So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child
lying in the manger.
When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about
and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.
But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they
had heard and seen, as it had been told them.