Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea,
to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem,
because he was of the house and lineage of David,
to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
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 cloths, and laid Him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.
Now there were in the same country
shepherds abiding in the fields,
keeping watch over their flock by night.
And behold, an angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were sore afraid.
Then the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David
who is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign to you:
You shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, 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,
And on earth peace, good will toward men!”
And it came to pass, as the angels had gone away from them into heaven,
that the shepherds said to one another,
“Let us now go even unto Bethlehem
and see this thing that has come to pass,
which the Lord has made known to us.”
And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph,
and the Babe lying in a manger.
Now when they had seen Him,
they made known abroad the saying which was told them
concerning this Child.
And all those who 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.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God for all the things
that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.