Luke 2:25-52 Bible in Basic English

25  And there was then in Jerusalem a man whose name was Simeon; and he was an upright man, fearing God and waiting for the comfort of Israel: and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26  And he had knowledge, through the Holy Spirit, that he would not see death till he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27  And full of the Spirit he came into the Temple; and when the father and mother came in with the child Jesus, to do with him what was ordered by the law, 28  Then he took him in his arms and gave praise to God and said, 29  Now you are letting your servant go in peace, O Lord, as you have said; 30  For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31  Which you have made ready before the face of all nations; 32  A light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. 33  And his father and mother were full of wonder at the things which were said about him. 34  And Simeon gave them his blessing and said to Mary, his mother, See, this child will be the cause of the downfall and the lifting up of great numbers of people in Israel, and he will be a sign against which hard words will be said; 35  (And a sword will go through your heart;) so that the secret thoughts of men may come to light. 36  And there was one, Anna, a woman prophet, the daughter of Phanuel, of the family of Asher (she was very old, and after seven years of married life 37  She had been a widow for eighty-four years); she was in the Temple at all times, worshipping with prayers and going without food, night and day. 38  And coming up at that time, she gave praise to God, talking of him to all those who were waiting for the freeing of Jerusalem.

The Return to Nazareth

39  And when they had done all the things which were ordered by the law of the Lord, they went back to Galilee, to Nazareth, the town where they were living. 40  And the child became tall and strong and full of wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41  And every year his father and mother went to Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover. 42  And when he was twelve years old, they went up, as their way was, to the feast; 43  And when the days of the feast came to an end and they were going back, the boy Jesus was still in Jerusalem, but they had no knowledge of it: 44  And in the belief that he was with some of their number, they went a day's journey; and after looking for him among their relations and friends, 45  And seeing that he was not there, they went back to Jerusalem, to make search for him. 46  And after three days they came across him in the Temple, seated among the wise men, giving ear to their words and putting questions to them. 47  And all to whose ears it came were full of wonder at his knowledge and the answers which he gave. 48  And when they saw him they were surprised, and his mother said to him, Son, why have you done this to us? see, your father and I have been looking for you with sorrow. 49  And he said to them, Why were you looking for me? was it not clear to you that my right place was in my Father's house? 50  And his words seemed strange to them. 51  And he went down with them and came to Nazareth; and did as he was ordered: and his mother kept all these words in her heart. 52  And Jesus was increasing in wisdom and in years, and in grace before God and men.

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