Psalm 96; Isaiah 9:2–7; Luke 2:1–7; Titus 2:11–14

Worship in the Splendor of Holiness

96  aOh sing to the Lord ba new song;

sing to the Lord, all the earth!

Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

ctell of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations,

his marvelous works among all the peoples!

For dgreat is the Lord, and egreatly to be praised;

he is to be feared above fall gods.

For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,

but the Lord gmade the heavens.

Splendor and majesty are before him;

hstrength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, O ifamilies of the peoples,

jascribe to the Lord glory and strength!

Ascribe to the Lord kthe glory due his name;

bring lan offering, and mcome into his courts!

Worship the Lord in nthe splendor of holiness;1

otremble before him, all the earth!

10  Say among the nations, pThe Lord reigns!

Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;

he will qjudge the peoples with equity.

11  Let rthe heavens be glad, and let sthe earth rejoice;

let tthe sea roar, and all that fills it;

12  let uthe field exult, and everything in it!

Then shall all vthe trees of the forest sing for joy

13  before the Lord, for he comes,

for he comes wto judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness,

and the peoples in his faithfulness.


1 iThe people kwho walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

those who dwelt in a land of ldeep darkness,

on them has light shone.

mYou have multiplied the nation;

you have increased its joy;

they rejoice before you

as with njoy at the harvest,

as they oare glad pwhen they divide the spoil.

qFor the yoke of his burden,

rand the staff for his shoulder,

the rod of his oppressor,

you have broken as son the day of Midian.

tFor every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult

and every garment rolled in blood

will be burned as fuel for the fire.

uFor to us a child is born,

to us va son is given;

wand the government shall be xupon2 his shoulder,

and his name shall be called3

Wonderful yCounselor, zMighty God,

aEverlasting bFather, Prince of cPeace.

Of the increase of his government and of peace

dthere will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

to establish it and to uphold it

ewith justice and with righteousness

from this time forth and forevermore.

fThe zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.


The Birth of Jesus Christ

In those days la decree went out from mCaesar Augustus that all the world should be nregistered. This was the first nregistration when1 Quirinius owas governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up pfrom Galilee, from the town of qNazareth, to Judea, to rthe city of David, which is called sBethlehem, tbecause he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,2 who was with child. And twhile they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and uwrapped him in swaddling cloths and vlaid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in wthe inn.3


11 For hthe grace of God ihas appeared, bringing salvation jfor all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and kworldly passions, and lto live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in mthe present age, 13 nwaiting for our blessed ohope, the pappearing of the glory of our great qGod and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 rwho gave himself for us to sredeem us from all lawlessness and tto purify for himself ta people for his own possession who are uzealous for good works.