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Verse 4

Luke 2:4. And Joseph also went up from Galilee Being thus obliged by the emperor’s decree; out of the city of Nazareth Where he then dwelt; into Judea Properly so called; unto the city of David, called Bethlehem The town where his ancestors had formerly been settled; because he was of the house, &c., of David Notwithstanding, he was now reduced so low as to follow the trade of a carpenter. To be enrolled with Mary Who also was a descendant of David: his espoused wife The propriety of this expression appears from Matthew 1:25, where we are told that Joseph knew not his wife till she had brought forth her firstborn son. Being great with child It may seem strange that Mary, in this condition, should undertake so great a journey. Perhaps the order for the census required that the wives, as well as their husbands, should be present. Or, the persons to be registered being classed in the roll, according to their lineage, Mary might judge it proper on this occasion to claim her descent from David, in order to her being publicly acknowledged as one of his posterity, and the rather as she knew herself to be miraculously with child of the Messiah.

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