Luke 2:26
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New International Version
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.

New Living Translation
and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord's Messiah.

English Standard Version
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.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord's Messiah.

International Standard Version
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord's Messiah.

NET Bible
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it was told him by The Spirit of Holiness that he would not see death until he would see The Messiah of THE LORD JEHOVAH.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and had told him that he wouldn't die until he had seen the Messiah, whom the Lord would send.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he should see the Christ of the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

American King James Version
And it was revealed to him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

American Standard Version
And it had been revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

English Revised Version
And it had been revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
To him it had been revealed by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death until he had seen the Lord's Anointed One.

World English Bible
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
and it hath been divinely told him by the Holy Spirit -- not to see death before he may see the Christ of the Lord.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:25-35 The same Spirit that provided for the support of Simeon's hope, provided for his joy. Those who would see Christ must go to his temple. Here is a confession of his faith, that this Child in his arms was the Saviour, the salvation itself, the salvation of God's appointing. He bids farewell to this world. How poor does this world look to one that has Christ in his arms, and salvation in his view! See here, how comfortable is the death of a good man; he departs in peace with God, peace with his own conscience, in peace with death. Those that have welcomed Christ, may welcome death. Joseph and Mary marvelled at the things which were spoken of this Child. Simeon shows them likewise, what reason they had to rejoice with trembling. And Jesus, his doctrine, and people, are still spoken against; his truth and holiness are still denied and blasphemed; his preached word is still the touchstone of men's characters. The secret good affections in the minds of some, will be revealed by their embracing Christ; the secret corruptions of others will be revealed by their enmity to Christ. Men will be judged by the thoughts of their hearts concerning Christ. He shall be a suffering Jesus; his mother shall suffer with him, because of the nearness of her relation and affection.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 26. - That he should not see death. The idea of the aged Simeon comes from a notice in the apocryphal 'Gospel of the Nativity,' which speaks of him as a hundred and thirteen years old. These legendary "Gospels" are totally devoid of all authority; here and there possibly a true "memory" not preserved in any of the "four" may exist, but in general they are extravagant and improbable. The Arabic 'Gospel of the Infancy' here speaks of Simeon seeing the Babe shining like a pillar of light in his mother's arms. There is an old and striking legend which speaks of this devout Jew being long puzzled and disturbed by the Messianic prophecy (Isaiah 7:14), "A virgin shall conceive;" at length he received a supernatural intimation that he should not see dearth until he had seen the fulfillment of the strange prophecy, the menacing of which he had so long failed to see.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost,.... Not in a dream, as the wise men were warned, nor by an angel, as Joseph, nor by a voice from heaven, which the Jews call "Bath Kol", but by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, enlightening his understanding, and impressing on his mind:

that he should not see death; an Hebraism, see it in Psalm 89:48 the same with the phrase, "to taste death", elsewhere used; and the sense is, as the Ethiopic version renders it, "that he should not die"; or as the Persic version, "that his death should not be"; as yet: he should live some time longer; nor should that messenger be sent to remove him, though a man in years, out of time into eternity,

before he had seen the Lord's Christ: with his bodily eyes: for he had seen him with an eye of faith already, and in the promise, as Abraham had; and in the types and sacrifices of the law, as the rest of believers under the Old Testament. The Messiah is called the Lord's Christ, referring to Psalm 2:2 because he was anointed by Jehovah, the Father, and with Jehovah, the Spirit; with the Holy Ghost, the oil of gladness, to be prophet, priest, and king, in the Lord's house. So the Messiah is by the Targumist called, the Messiah of Jehovah, or Jehovah's Messiah; that is as here, the Lord's Christ: thus in the Targum on Isaiah 4:2 it is said,

"in that time, , "Jehovah's Messiah", shall be for joy and for glory.

And on Isaiah 28:5 the paraphrase is,

"at that time, , "the Messiah of the Lord" of hosts shall be for a crown of joy, and for a diadem of praise to the rest of his people.

Compare these paraphrases with what is said of Christ, in Luke 2:32. "The glory of thy people Israel"; Simeon's language exactly agrees with the Targumist. The Persic version adds, "and with this hope he passed his time, or age, and became very old and decrepit."

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

26. revealed by the Holy Ghost—implying, beyond all doubt, the personality of the Spirit.

should see not death till he had seen—"sweet antithesis!" [Bengel]. How would the one sight gild the gloom of the other! He was, probably, by this time, advanced in years.

Luke 2:26 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Prophecy of Simeon
25And 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 would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law,…
Cross References
Psalm 89:48
Who can live and not see death, or who can escape the power of the grave?

Matthew 2:12
And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Luke 2:29
"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.

John 8:51
Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death."

Hebrews 11:5
By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: "He could not be found, because God had taken him away." For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
Treasury of Scripture

And it was revealed to him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

it.

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show …

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret to …

see death. [Horao ton thanatos,] to see death, is a Hebraism for to die, exactly corresponding to [yir'eh mahvet.]

Psalm 89:49 Lord, where are your former loving kindnesses, which you swore to …

Luke 9:27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall …

Psalm 89:48 What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver …

John 8:51 Truly, truly, I say to you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was …

the Lord's.

Psalm 2:2,6 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel …

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Daniel 9:24-26 Seventy weeks are determined on your people and on your holy city, …

John 1:41 He first finds his own brother Simon, and said to him, We have found …

John 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not …

John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, …

Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has …

Acts 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: …

Acts 17:3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen …

Hebrews 1:8,9 But to the Son he said, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: …

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