Isa al-Masih Is Born
1 Now in those days the ruler, Caesar Augustus,a issued a decree that a census be taken of the entire Roman Empire. 2 This was the first census that took place when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 Residents of the Empire had to return to their native place to register. 4-5 Yusuf, being a descendant of King Dawud, had to go to Dawud's home town, Bethlehem in Judea. So he and his fiancée, Maryam, who was pregnant, traveled there from Nazareth in Galilee in order to register.
6 While they were there, the time came for Maryam to deliver, 7 and she gave birth to her first child. She wrapped him well in cloths, but because they had no place to stay, she laid him in a manger.
Angels Appear to Shepherds
8 That night, shepherds were guarding their flocks in the nearby fields. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified. 10 But the angel said, “Don't be afraid! I announce to you good news, a great joy for everyone! 11 Today, in the town of Dawud, a saviorb has been born for you—al-Masih,c the Lord! 12 And this is the proof: you will see the baby, carefully wrapped in cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by heaven's army in vast array. They all praised Allah, proclaiming,
14 “Glory to Allah in high heaven,
and on earth, peace to all who please him!”
15 After the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said, “Let's go to Bethlehem! Let's see all this the Lord has told us!”
16 They hurried to the town and found Maryam, Yusuf and the baby, who was lying in a manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds conveyed what the angel told them about the child. 18 And all who heard the shepherds' story were astounded. 19 As for Maryam, she treasured and pondered all these things in her heart. 20 So the shepherds returned to their flocks glorifying and praising Allah for all they had heard and seen. Everything had happened just as the angel had said.
Isa Circumcised and Dedicated to the Lord
21 Eight days later the boy was circumcised and named Isa, according to the angel's instructions before the child was conceived.
22 Later came their purification offering, as required by the law of Musa.d So his parents took him to al-Qudse to present him to the Lord. 23 For it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be dedicated to the Lord.”f 24 And they offered the law's required sacrifice: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”g
Simeon Prophesies About Isa
25 At that time a man named Simeon was in al-Quds. He was righteous and devout, and longed for Allah to rescue Israel. Allah's Holy Spirit was with him, 26 and had revealed to Simeon that he would not die before he saw the Lord's promised Messiah. 27 Now the Holy Spirit directed Simeon to enter the temple, and when Isa's parents came to present him according to the law, 28 Simeon took the child in his arms and praised Allah, saying,
29 “Now, Master, let your servant die in peace
as you promised.
30 For I have seen the salvation
31 you prepared in the presence of all—
32 a light for revelation to the nations,
and the glory of your people Israel!”h
33 The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them. And to Maryam, the baby's mother, he said, “This child is appointed for the ruin and restoration of many in Israel. He will be a flashpoint of opposition, 35 exposing the deep recesses of many hearts. And even your own soul will be pierced with a sword.”
Anna Prophesies About Isa
36 Also in the temple was Prophetess Anna, a daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She was very old. She had lived with her husband only seven years before he died, 37 and then continued on as a widow to her age of eighty-four.i Serving Allah day and night in fasting and prayer, she never left the temple. 38 Happening upon the child there at that time, she thanked Allah and talked about the child to everyone longing for the deliverance of al-Quds.
39 When Yusuf and Maryam had fulfilled everything the law of the Lord required, they returned to their own town, Nazareth in Galilee. 40 And the child grew, became strong, and was very wise. Allah's favor was on him.
The Boy Isa Speaks With Teachers
41 Every year Isa's parents went to al-Quds to celebrate the Passover festival.j 42 When he was twelve, they went again, as was customary. 43 After the festival concluded, they started back home. But the boy Isa remained in al-Quds, and his parents didn't realize it, 44 thinking he was with their traveling companions. At the end of their first day's journey they looked for him among their relatives and friends.
45 When Isa's parents couldn't find him, they returned to al-Quds to search for him there. 46 On the third day they finally found him in the temple. He was sitting with the teachers of religion, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all those hearing him were amazed at his understanding and his comments.
48 But his parents were flabbergasted. “Son,” his mother said, “how could you have done this to us? Your father and I have been in a panic looking for you!”
49 But Isa said to them, “Why did you search? Didn't you realize that I need to be in my Father's house?” 50 But they didn't know what he meant.
51 Then he returned with them to Nazareth and remained obedient to them. And his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
52 And Isa kept growing in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with Allah and people.k