Chapter 8: Visit from shepherds

1 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 2 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

3 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you warnings of great tribulation, which shall be to all people. 4 In the days that come the dead shall rise, and their hunger shall be for the brains of the living. 5 But unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 6 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

7 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 8 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward living men.

9 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this savior which the Lord hath made known unto us. 10 And they came with haste, for fear of what had been prophesied, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

11 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 12 And all they that heard it shuddered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 13 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

14 And the shepherds returned, begging and pleading to God that they would be spared when came what was told unto them.