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 has shined.
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
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.