The Righteous Reign of the Branch

11 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of (A)Jesse,
    and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And (B)the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
    the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
    the Spirit of counsel and might,
    the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
(C)He shall not judge by (D)what his eyes see,
    or decide disputes by (E)what his ears hear,
but (F)with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
    and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall (G)strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
    and (H)with the breath of his lips (I)he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
    and (J)faithfulness the belt of his loins.

(K)The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
    and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
    and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
    their young shall lie down together;
    and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
    and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.
(L)They shall not hurt or destroy
    in all (M)my holy mountain;
(N)for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
    as the waters cover the sea.

Read full chapter

26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not (A)see death before he had seen (B)the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when (C)the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and (D)blessed God and said,

29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant[a] depart (E)in peace,
    (F)according to your word;
30 for (G)my eyes have seen your (H)salvation
31     (I)that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 (J)a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and (K)for glory to (L)your people Israel.”

33 And (M)his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed (N)for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign (O)that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

36 And there was (P)a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.[b] She did not depart from the temple, (Q)worshiping with (R)fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were (S)waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. Luke 2:29 Or bondservant
  2. Luke 2:37 Or as a widow for eighty-four years

Bible Gateway Recommends

ESV Economy Bible, Large Print Softcover
ESV Economy Bible, Large Print Softcover
Retail: $7.99
Our Price: $5.49
Save: $2.50 (31%)
4.0 of 5.0 stars
ESV Study Bible, Black Genuine  Leather with Thumb Index
ESV Study Bible, Black Genuine Leather with Thumb Index
Retail: $124.99
Our Price: $69.99
Save: $55.00 (44%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
Proverbs, ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal
Proverbs, ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal
Retail: $8.99
Our Price: $5.99
Save: $3.00 (33%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
ESV Thinline Bible, Bonded leather, Black
ESV Thinline Bible, Bonded leather, Black
Retail: $44.99
Our Price: $28.99
Save: $16.00 (36%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
ESV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition--soft leather-look, brown
ESV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition--soft leather-look, brown
Retail: $79.99
Our Price: $52.99
Save: $27.00 (34%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
ESV Economy Bible, Giant Print Softcover
ESV Economy Bible, Giant Print Softcover
Retail: $11.99
Our Price: $8.99
Save: $3.00 (25%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars