Luke 2:25-52 Revised Standard Version

25  Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26  And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27  And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, 28  he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29  "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; 30  for mine eyes have seen thy salvation 31  which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32  a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel." 33  And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; 34  and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against 35  (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." 36  And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phan'u-el, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, 37  and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38  And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

The Return to Nazareth

39  And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40  And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41  Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. 42  And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; 43  and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, 44  but supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; 45  and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46  After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; 47  and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48  And when they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously." 49  And he said to them, "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" 50  And they did not understand the saying which he spoke to them. 51  And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. 52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.

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