Jesus Presented at the Temple

21 And when (A)eight days were completed [a]so that it was time for His circumcision, (B)He was also named Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

22 (C)And when the days for [b]their purification according to the Law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord: “(D)Every firstborn male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what has been stated in the Law of the Lord: “(E)A pair of turtledoves or two young doves.”

25 And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was (F)righteous and devout, (G)looking forward to the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And (H)it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not (I)see death before he had seen the Lord’s [c]Christ. 27 And he came [d]by the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, [e](J)to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28 then he took Him in his arms, and blessed God, and said,

29 “Now, Lord, You are letting Your bond-servant depart in peace,
(K)According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have (L)seen Your salvation,
31 Which You have prepared in the presence of all the peoples:
32 (M)A light for revelation [f]for the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”

33 And His father and (N)mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to (O)His mother Mary, “Behold, this Child is appointed for (P)the fall and [g]rise of many in Israel, and as a sign to be [h]opposed— 35 and a sword will pierce your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

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  1. Luke 2:21 Lit so as to circumcise Him
  2. Luke 2:22 I.e., Mary’s, with Joseph’s support
  3. Luke 2:26 I.e., Messiah
  4. Luke 2:27 Or in
  5. Luke 2:27 Lit to do for Him according to
  6. Luke 2:32 Lit of the Gentiles
  7. Luke 2:34 Or resurrection
  8. Luke 2:34 Or refused