You have prepared it in the sight of all people.
It is a light to be given to those who aren't Jews. It will bring glory to your people Israel."
The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him.
Then Simeon blessed them. He said to Mary, Jesus' mother, "This child is going to cause many people in Israel to fall and to rise. God has sent him. But many will speak against him.
The thoughts of many hearts will be known. A sword will wound your own soul too."
There was also a prophet named Anna. She was the daughter of Penuel from the tribe of Asher. Anna was very old. After getting married, she lived with her husband seven years.
Then she was a widow until she was 84. She never left the temple. She worshiped night and day, praying and going without eating.
Anna came up to Jesus' family at that very moment. She gave thanks to God. And she spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the time when Jerusalem would be set free.
Joseph and Mary did everything the Law of the Lord required. Then they returned to Galilee. They went to their own town of Nazareth.
And the child grew and became strong. He was very wise. He was blessed by God's grace.
Every year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast.