the King James version ~
And it came to pass in those
days, that there went out a decree from
Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was
first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be
taxed, everyone into his own city. And all went to be taxed, every one
into his own city. And Joseph also went up unto Galilee, out of the city of
Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which was called Bethlehem;
(Because he was of the house and lineage of David :) To be taxed with
Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while
they were there, the days were accomplished 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 sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them,
fear not: for, behold, I bring unto you good
tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people. For unto you is born this
day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall
be a sign unto you; Ye shall find him wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying
in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of
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 into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, let us now go
even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which
the Lord has made known unto 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 wondered at
those things which were told them by the shepherds.
But Mary kept all these
things, and pondered them in her heart. And the
shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they
had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.