Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,I have always wondered why Luke records what Simeon said, but doesn't give us the words of Anna. What words would come in the presence of the newborn Savior?
"Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
And the child's father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him.
There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Here is the dawn of righteousness
which the LORD has provided from His great mercy;
The Lord has sent us his Chosen One
as a sign of his great favor to Israel.
This child will be known as a Wonderful Counselor,
and establish justice as the foundation of earth.
Thus will the LORD’s compassion
spring forth to all nations
and all voices sing eternal praises to God.
From the soft cry of this baby
will come the mighty trumpet of salvation,
Drawing forth all eyes to Jerusalem,and all hearts to the worship of the Almighty One! Alleluia!