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And this will be the sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” Bible

“the sign.” It was not “a” sign, as though there were many signs, but “the” particular sign given the shepherds by the angel. In Luke 2:16, this finds its fulfillment when the shepherds find the baby in “the” manger. The sign involved both the swaddling clothes and the baby being in a manger.

“you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” This tells us that the shepherds would arrive at the home where Jesus was born a while after the birth because they would be allowed to come into the house and see the baby, and he would already be wrapped in swaddling clothes and in the manger.


Commentary for: Luke 2:12