Bible: Luke 2:26-38

2:26 It 1  had been revealed 2  to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die 3  before 4  he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 5  2:27 So 6  Simeon, 7  directed by the Spirit, 8  came into the temple courts, 9  and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what was customary according to the law, 10  2:28 Simeon 11  took him in his arms and blessed God, saying, 12 

2:29Now, according to your word, 13  Sovereign Lord, 14  permit 15  your servant 16  to depart 17  in peace.

2:30 For my eyes have seen your salvation 18 

2:31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples: 19 

2:32 a light, 20 

for revelation to the Gentiles,

and for glory 21  to your people Israel.”

2:33 So 22  the child’s 23  father 24  and mother were amazed 25  at what was said about him. 2:34 Then 26  Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “Listen carefully: 27  This child 28  is destined to be the cause of the falling and rising 29  of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be rejected. 30  2:35 Indeed, as a result of him the thoughts 31  of many hearts will be revealed 32 and a sword 33  will pierce your own soul as well! 34 

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, 35  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. 36  She never left the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 37  2:38 At that moment, 38  she came up to them 39  and began to give thanks to God and to speak 40  about the child 41  to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 42 

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