1. At that time the Emperor Augustus ordered a census of the Roman Empire. 2. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3. All the people went to register in the cities where their ancestors had lived. 4. So Joseph went from Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a Judean city called Bethlehem. Joseph, a descendant of King David, went to Bethlehem because David had been born there. 5. Joseph went there to register with Mary. She had been promised to him in marriage and was pregnant. 6. While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have her child. 7. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger because there wasn’t any room for them in the inn. (God’s Word translation; I’m re-visiting GW after getting some review copies from Baker Books recently; I’ll post more about GW in the future; for now, notice how nicely the English flows in this Christmas narrative)
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