And there was a man in Jerusalemwhosename was Simeon ; and thisman was 1righteous and devout, 2looking for the consolation of Israel ; and the HolySpirit was upon him.
And 3it had beenrevealed to him by the HolySpirit that he would not 4seedeathbefore he had seen the Lord'saChrist.
And he came in the Spirit into the temple ; and when the parentsbrought in the childJesus, b5to carry out for Him the custom of the Law,
28then he took Him into his arms, and blessedGod, and said,
29"NowLord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, 6According to Your word ;
For my eyes have 7seen Your salvation,
31Which You have prepared in the presence of allpeoples,
328A LIGHTcOF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, And the glory of Your peopleIsrael."
And His father and 9mother were amazed at the things which were being saidabout Him.
And Simeonblessed them and said to Mary10His mother, "Behold, this Child is appointed for 11the fall and drise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed -
and a sword will pierceeven your ownsoul -to the end that thoughts from manyhearts may be revealed."
And there was a 12prophetess, eAnna the daughter of Phanuel, of 13the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in fyears14and had lived with her husbandsevenyearsafter her gmarriage,
and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four . She neverleft the temple, servingnight and day with 15fastings and prayers.
At that veryhmoment she came up and began givingthanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to allthose who were 16looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39When they had performedeverythingaccording to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to 17their owncity of Nazareth.
4018The Child continued to grow and becomestrong, iincreasing in wisdom ; and the grace of God was upon Him.
Now His parentswent to Jerusalemeveryyear at 19the Feast of the Passover.
And when He becametwelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast ;
and as they were returning, after spending the 20fullnumber of days, the boyJesusstayedbehind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it,
but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day'sjourney ; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalemlooking for Him.
46Then, afterthreedays they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, bothlistening to them and asking them questions.
And all who heard Him 21were amazed at His understanding and His answers.
When they saw Him, they were astonished ; and 22His mothersaid to Him, "jSon, why have You treated us thisway ? Behold, 23Your father and I khave been anxiouslylooking for You."
And He said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that 24I had to be in My Father'slhouse?"50
But 25they did not understand the statementwhich He mhad made to them.
And He wentdown with them and came to 26Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and 27His mother28treasuredall these nthings in her heart.
And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and ostature, and in 29favor with God and men.