At that time there were shepherds nearby in the fields around Bethlehem tending their sheep.
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While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem, the time came for her to deliver her baby. When Jesus was born, Mary wrapped him in cloth, and laid him in a cattle feeding stall where they were lodging, because there was no other room for them in the whole village.
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While these things were taking place the Roman Emperor Augustus ordered that a census be taken of everyone under his rule. This took place during the time Qurinius was governor of Syria. All the people of the Roman provinces of Syria and Judaea were forced to travel to their home town to be counted for the purpose of taxation.
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These things were all taking place in line with the Divine purpose for all of life that had existed from the beginning of time as shown through the prophet who said, ‘A virgin will conceive and bear a son who will be named Emmanuel,’ which means ‘God is with us.’
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Mary returned to Nazareth where Joseph learned that she was pregnant. Joseph was an honourable man and, wishing to save Mary from disgrace, determined to break their engagement without creating great drama.