Bible: Luke 2:21-38

2:21 At 1  the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given by the angel 2  before he was conceived in the womb.

Jesus’ Presentation at the Temple

2:22 Now 3  when the time came for their 4  purification according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary 5  brought Jesus 6  up to Jerusalem 7  to present him to the Lord 2:23 (just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male 8  will be set apart to the Lord 9 ), 2:24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is specified in the law of the Lord, a pair of doves 10  or two young pigeons. 11 

The Prophecy of Simeon

2:25 Now 12  there was a man in Jerusalem 13  named Simeon who was righteous 14  and devout, looking for the restoration 15  of Israel, and the Holy Spirit 16  was upon him. 2:26 It 17  had been revealed 18  to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die 19  before 20  he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 21  2:27 So 22  Simeon, 23  directed by the Spirit, 24  came into the temple courts, 25  and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what was customary according to the law, 26  2:28 Simeon 27  took him in his arms and blessed God, saying, 28 

2:29Now, according to your word, 29  Sovereign Lord, 30  permit 31  your servant 32  to depart 33  in peace.

2:30 For my eyes have seen your salvation 34 

2:31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples: 35 

2:32 a light, 36 

for revelation to the Gentiles,

and for glory 37  to your people Israel.”

2:33 So 38  the child’s 39  father 40  and mother were amazed 41  at what was said about him. 2:34 Then 42  Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “Listen carefully: 43  This child 44  is destined to be the cause of the falling and rising 45  of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be rejected. 46  2:35 Indeed, as a result of him the thoughts 47  of many hearts will be revealed 48 and a sword 49  will pierce your own soul as well! 50 

The Testimony of Anna

2:36 There was also a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old, 51  having been married to her husband for seven years until his death. 2:37 She had lived as a widow since then for eighty-four years. 52  She never left the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 53  2:38 At that moment, 54  she came up to them 55  and began to give thanks to God and to speak 56  about the child 57  to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 58 

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