1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all his empire should be taxed.
2 This same taxing was when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.
3 And all went to be taxed, every one in his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.)
5 To be taxed, with Mary his espoused wife, she being great with child.
6 And so it was, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was none to give room for them in the inns.
8 And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.
9 And lo, an angel of the Lord appeared unto them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were sore afraid.
10 But the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
In His abiding love