The apostle Luke writing (God speaking via scripture...The Word),
telling of an angel of the Lord letting the shepherds (lowest class citizens) be the first to know
of the "good news" that the savior of mankind had been born, Jesus, the Son of God.
Wycliffe Bible of
King James Bible of
NAS Bible of
NIV Bible 1973-78:
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields
nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they
were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be
afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is
Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will
find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13 Suddenly a great company of
the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to
God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on
whom his favor rests."
15 When the angels had left them
and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing
that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16 So they hurried off and found
Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said
to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered
them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and
praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been
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