The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
(as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord"),
and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; a this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. b27
Guided by the Spirit, Simeon c came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law,
Simeon d took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
"Master, now you are dismissing your servant e in peace, according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
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