The Life and Teachings
of Jesus
A Restatement of the Gospels

8. Presentation in the Temple

        22And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the law, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”
        25Now 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. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.a
        27And 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, 28he took him up in his arms and
blessed God and said:
        29“Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word,
        30For my eyes have seen your salvation,
        31Which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples;
        32A light for revelation to the gentiles
        And for glory of your people Israel.”
        33And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.
        36And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser. 38She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 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.
        (Lk. 2:22–33, 36, 38)

a   “the Lord's Messiah.”—The long-awaited Jewish deliverer, who would reign in righteousness and bring about the kingdom of God on earth. (See Ch. 13, fn. c.)

Lk. 2:23   Exodus 13:2 • law, “Every / law of the Lord, “Every (RSV)
Lk. 2:24   Leviticus 5:11; • law, "a / law of the Lord, "a (RSV)
Lk. 2:26  Lord's Messiah (Ch. 13, fn. c) / Lord's Christ (RSV)
Lk. 2:29  now let your servant (NAB) / now lettest thou thy servant (RSV) • to your word (NRSV) / to thy word (RSV)
Lk. 2:30  For my eyes (NRSV) / For mine eyes (RSV) • seen your salvation (NRSV) / seen thy salvation (RSV)
Lk. 2:31  Which you have prepared (NRSV) / Which thou hast prepared (RSV)
Lk. 2:32  glory of your people / glory to thy people (RSV)   (122:9/1352–3)