25 There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout,c looking forward to Israel’s consolation,d and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirite that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah.f 27 Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon took him up in his arms, praised God, and said,
you can dismiss your servant in peace,
as you promised.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation.g
in the presence of all peoples—
and glory to your people Israel.i
33 His father and motherE were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and told his mother Mary, “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israelj and to be a sign that will be opposedF—35 and a sword will pierce your own soul—that the thoughtsG of many hearts may be revealed.”
36 There was also a prophetess,k Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.l She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,H,m 37 and was a widow for eighty-four years.I She did not leave the temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers.n
Or the nations
Other mss read But Joseph and his mother
Or spoken against
Lit years from her virginity
Or she was a widow until the age of eighty-four
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