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Luke 2:21-40 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

The Circumcision and Presentation of Jesus

21 When the eight days were completed for His circumcision, He was named Jesus—the name given by the angel before He was conceived.[a] 22 And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were finished, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (just as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every firstborn male[b] will be dedicated[c] to the Lord[d]) 24 and to offer a sacrifice (according to what is stated in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons[e]).

Simeon’s Prophetic Praise

25 There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation,[f] and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Guided by the Spirit, he entered[g] the temple complex. 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:

29 Now, Master,
You can dismiss Your slave in peace,
as You promised.
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation.
31 You have prepared it
in the presence of all peoples—
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles[h]
and glory to Your people Israel.

33 His father and mother[i] 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 Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed[j] 35 and a sword will pierce your own soul—that the thoughts[k] of many hearts may be revealed.”

Anna’s Testimony

36 There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years,[l] having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,[m] 37 and was a widow for 84 years.[n] She did not leave the temple complex, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers. 38 At that very moment,[o] she came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.[p]

The Family’s Return to Nazareth

39 When they had completed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was on Him.


  1. Luke 2:21 Or conceived in the womb
  2. Luke 2:23 Lit “Every male that opens a womb
  3. Luke 2:23 Lit be called holy
  4. Luke 2:23 Ex 13:2,12
  5. Luke 2:24 Lv 5:11; 12:8
  6. Luke 2:25 The coming of the Messiah with His salvation for the nation; Is 40:1; 61:2; Lk 2:26,30
  7. Luke 2:27 Lit And in the Spirit, he came into
  8. Luke 2:32 Or the nations
  9. Luke 2:33 Other mss read But Joseph and His mother
  10. Luke 2:34 Or spoken against
  11. Luke 2:35 Or schemes
  12. Luke 2:36 Lit in many days
  13. Luke 2:36 Lit years from her virginity
  14. Luke 2:37 Or she was a widow until the age of 84
  15. Luke 2:38 Lit very hour
  16. Luke 2:38 Other mss read in Jerusalem

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