Life of Jesus
Little Jesus is Circumcised at the Temple
21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name
was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the
22 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were
completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord
23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male who opens the womb shall
be called holy to the Lord"),
24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "A
pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man
was just and devout, waiting 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 would not see death
before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27 So he came by the Spirit 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 You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people
33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.
34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is
destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will
be spoken against
35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of
many hearts may be revealed."
36 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe
of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from
37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from
the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to
all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.