26In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee,27to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.28Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you! ”29Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.30“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.
25At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him26and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.27That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required,28Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,29“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised.30I have seen your salvation,31which you have prepared for all people.32He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!”33Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him.34Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him.35As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”