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


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

Bible Gateway Recommends

ESV Spiral-Bound Journaling New Testament, hardcover
ESV Spiral-Bound Journaling New Testament, hardcover
Retail: $34.99
Our Price: $23.49
Save: $11.50 (33%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
ESV Student Study Bible, Trutone, Chestnut
ESV Student Study Bible, Trutone, Chestnut
Retail: $44.99
Our Price: $22.99
Save: $22.00 (49%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
ESV Teen Study Bible (Cliffside)
ESV Teen Study Bible (Cliffside)
Retail: $34.99
Our Price: $21.99
Save: $13.00 (37%)