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 7    JESUS  is  BORN  
Matt 2    Mark    Luke 2
       1  In those days  
        a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
        that all the world should be enrolled.
      2 This was the first enrollment,
        when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
      3 And all went to be enrolled,
        each to his own city.
      4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee,
        from the city of Nazareth,

[see Matt 2:1 below]

    to Judea, to the city of David,
        which is called Bethlehem,
        because he was of the house
        and lineage of David,

to be enrolled with Mary,

        his betrothed, who was with child.
      6 And while they were there,
        the time came for her to be delivered.
      7 And she gave birth to her first-born son
        and wrapped him in swaddling cloths,
        and laid him in a manger,
        because there was no place for them
        in the inn.
      8 And in that region there were shepherds
        out in the field,
        keeping watch over their flock by night.
      9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them,
        and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
        and they were filled with fear.
      10 And the angel said to them,
        "Be not afraid;
        for behold, I bring you good news
        of a great joy
        which will come to all the people;
      11 for to you is born this day
        in the city of David
        a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
      12 And this will be a sign for you:

you will find a babe

        wrapped in swaddling cloths
        and lying in a manger."
      13 And suddenly there was with the angel
        a multitude of the heavenly host
        praising God and saying,
      14 "Glory to God in the highest,
        and on earth peace among men
        with whom he is pleased!"
      15 When the angels went away from them
        into heaven,
        the shepherds said to one another,
        "Let us go over to Bethlehem
        and see this thing that has happened
        which the Lord has made known to us."

[see Matt 2:11 below]

  16 And they went with haste,
        and found Mary* and Joseph,
        and the babe lying in a manger.
      17 And when they saw it
        they made known the saying
        which had been told them
        concerning this child;
      18 and all who heard it wondered
        at what the shepherds told them.
      19 But Mary kept all these things,
        pondering them in her heart.
      20 And the shepherds returned,
        glorifying and praising God
      as it had been told them.
1 Now when Jesus was born      
  in Bethlehem* of Judea*    

[see Luke 2:4 above]

  in the days of Herod the king,      
  behold, wise men from the East      
  came to Jerusalem,      
2 "Where is he who has been born      
  king of the Jews?      
  For we have seen his star in the East,      
  and have come to worship him."      
3 When Herod the king heard this,      
  he was troubled,      
  and all Jerusalem with him;      
4 and assembling all the chief priests      
  and scribes of the people,      
  he inquired of them      
  where the Christ was to be born.      
5 They told him,      
  "In Bethlehem of Judea;      
  for so it is written by the prophet:      
6 `And you, O Bethlehem,      
  in the land of Judah,      
  are by no means least      
  among the rulers of Judah;      
  for from you shall come a ruler      
  who will govern my people Israel.'"      
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men      
  secretly and ascertained from them      
  what time the star appeared;      
8 and he sent them to Bethlehem,      
  "Go and search diligently for the child,      
  and when you have found him      
  bring me word,      
  that I too may come and worship him."      
9 When they had heard the king      
  they went their way;      
  and lo,      
  the star which they had seen in the East      
  went before them,      
  till it came to rest over the place      
  where the child was.      
10 When they saw the star,      
  they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy;      
11 and going into the house      
they saw the child      
  with Mary* his mother,    

[see Luke 2:16 above]

  and they fell down and worshiped him.      
  Then, opening their treasures,      
  they offered him gifts,      
  gold and frankincense and myrrh.      
12 And being warned in a dream      
  not to return to Herod,      
  they departed to their own country      
  by another way.      

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 Black   Words unique to a particular text.
   No parallel text in this gospel.
*  Same wording, different order.
 7   Sequence in synoptic outlines
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