Bible: Luke 2:22-38

Jesus’ Presentation at the Temple

2:22 Now 1  when the time came for their 2  purification according to the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary 3  brought Jesus 4  up to Jerusalem 5  to present him to the Lord 2:23 (just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male 6  will be set apart to the Lord 7 ), 2:24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is specified in the law of the Lord, a pair of doves 8  or two young pigeons. 9 

The Prophecy of Simeon

2:25 Now 10  there was a man in Jerusalem 11  named Simeon who was righteous 12  and devout, looking for the restoration 13  of Israel, and the Holy Spirit 14  was upon him. 2:26 It 15  had been revealed 16  to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die 17  before 18  he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 19  2:27 So 20  Simeon, 21  directed by the Spirit, 22  came into the temple courts, 23  and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what was customary according to the law, 24  2:28 Simeon 25  took him in his arms and blessed God, saying, 26 

2:29Now, according to your word, 27  Sovereign Lord, 28  permit 29  your servant 30  to depart 31  in peace.

2:30 For my eyes have seen your salvation 32 

2:31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples: 33 

2:32 a light, 34 

for revelation to the Gentiles,

and for glory 35  to your people Israel.”

2:33 So 36  the child’s 37  father 38  and mother were amazed 39  at what was said about him. 2:34 Then 40  Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “Listen carefully: 41  This child 42  is destined to be the cause of the falling and rising 43  of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be rejected. 44  2:35 Indeed, as a result of him the thoughts 45  of many hearts will be revealed 46 and a sword 47  will pierce your own soul as well! 48 

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, 49  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. 50  She never left the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 51  2:38 At that moment, 52  she came up to them 53  and began to give thanks to God and to speak 54  about the child 55  to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 56 

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