Luke 2:25-52 Darby’s Translation

25  And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was just and pious, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and [the] Holy Spirit was upon him. 26  And it was divinely communicated to him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death before he should see [the] Lord's Christ. 27  And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and as the parents brought in the child Jesus that they might do for him according to the custom of the law, 28  he received him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29  Lord, now thou lettest thy bondman go, according to thy word, in peace; 30  for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31  which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples; 32  a light for revelation of [the] Gentiles and [the] glory of thy people Israel. 33  And his father and mother wondered at the things which were said concerning him. 34  And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, Lo, this [child] is set for the fall and rising up of many in Israel, and for a sign spoken against; 35  (and even a sword shall go through thine own soul;) so that [the] thoughts may be revealed from many hearts. 36  And there was a prophetess, Anna, daughter of Phanuel, of [the] tribe of Asher, who was far advanced in years, having lived with [her] husband seven years from her virginity, 37  and herself a widow up to eighty-four years; who did not depart from the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers; 38  and she coming up the same hour gave praise to the Lord, and spoke of him to all those who waited for redemption in Jerusalem.

The Return to Nazareth

39  And when they had completed all things according to the law of [the] Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own city Nazareth. 40  And the child grew and waxed strong [in spirit], filled with wisdom, and God's grace was upon him.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41  And his parents went yearly to Jerusalem at the feast of the passover. 42  And when he was twelve years old, and they went up [to Jerusalem] according to the custom of the feast 43  and had completed the days, as they returned, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, and his parents knew not [of it]; 44  but, supposing him to be in the company that journeyed together, they went a day's journey, and sought him among their relations and acquaintances: 45  and not having found him they returned to Jerusalem seeking him. 46  And it came to pass, after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers and hearing them and asking them questions. 47  And all who heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48  And when they saw him they were amazed: and his mother said to him, Child, why hast thou dealt thus with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee distressed. 49  And he said to them, Why [is it] that ye have sought me? did ye not know that I ought to be [occupied] in my Father's business? 50  And they understood not the thing that he said to them. 51  And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and he was in subjection to them. And his mother kept all these things in her heart. 52  And Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.


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