It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. a27
Guided by the Spirit, Simeon b came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law,
Simeon c took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
"Master, now you are dismissing your servant d in peace, according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
And the child's father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him.
Then Simeon e blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed
so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too."
There was also a prophet, Anna f the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
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