Luke 2:35
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New International Version
so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."

New Living Translation
As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul."

English Standard Version
(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Berean Study Bible
so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed--and a sword will pierce your soul as well."

Berean Literal Bible
and a sword also will go through your own soul-- so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

New American Standard Bible
and a sword will pierce even your own soul-- to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."

King James Bible
(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and a sword will pierce your own soul--that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

International Standard Version
Indeed, a sword will pierce your own soul, too, so that the inner thoughts of many people might be revealed."

NET Bible
Indeed, as a result of him the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed--and a sword will pierce your own soul as well!"

New Heart English Bible
Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And a lance will pass through into your soul, so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
the thoughts of those who reject him. And a sword will pierce your heart."

New American Standard 1977
and a sword will pierce even your own soul—to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
(yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

King James 2000 Bible
(Yea, a sword shall pierce through your own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

American King James Version
(Yes, a sword shall pierce through your own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

American Standard Version
yea and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul; that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.

Darby Bible Translation
(and even a sword shall go through thine own soul;) so that [the] thoughts may be revealed from many hearts.

English Revised Version
yea and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul; that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.

Webster's Bible Translation
(And a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

Weymouth New Testament
and a sword will pierce through your own soul also; that the reasonings in many hearts may be revealed."

World English Bible
Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

Young's Literal Translation
(and also thine own soul shall a sword pass through) -- that the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.'
Study Bible
The Prophecy of Simeon
34Then Simeon blessed them and said to His mother Mary: “Behold, this Child is appointed to cause the rise and fall of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed —” and a sword will pierce your soul as well. 36There was also a prophetess named Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, who was well along in years. She had been married for seven years,…
Cross References
Luke 2:34
Then Simeon blessed them and said to His mother Mary: "Behold, this Child is appointed to cause the rise and fall of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,

Luke 2:36
There was also a prophetess named Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher, who was well along in years. She had been married for seven years,
Treasury of Scripture

(Yes, a sword shall pierce through your own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

a sword.

Psalm 42:10 As with a sword in my bones, my enemies reproach me; while they say …

John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's …

that.

Luke 16:14,15 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: …

Deuteronomy 8:2 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you …

Judges 5:15,16 And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah; even Issachar, and …

Matthew 12:24-35 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not …

John 8:42-47 Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love me: for …

John 15:22-24 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now …

Acts 8:21-23 You have neither part nor lot in this matter: for your heart is not …

1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved …

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

(35) A sword shall pierce through thy own soul also.--The word used for "sword" here, occurs also in the Apocalypse (Revelation 1:16; Revelation 2:12, et. al.), but not elsewhere in the New Testament. It was the large barbaric sword used by the Thracians, as distinguished from the shorter weapon of Roman soldiers. The announcement of the special sorrow that was to be the Virgin Mother's portion, comes as the sequel to "the sign that is spoken against," the antagonism which her Son would meet with. We may find fulfilments of it when the men of Nazareth sought to throw Him from the brow of their hill (Luke 4:29); when she came, as in anxious fear, to check His teaching as the Pharisees charged Him with casting out devils through Beelzebub (Matthew 12:46); when she stood by the cross, and heard the blasphemies and revilings of the priests and people (John 19:26).

That the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.--This was conspicuously the result of our Lord's earthly ministry. It brought out latent good, as with publicans and harlots and robbers, rich and poor disciples, and the common people, who heard Him gladly; latent evil, as with Pharisees and scribes and rulers. And what was true of His work then, has been true in greater or less measure ever since. Wherever Christ is preached, there is a manifestation of the thoughts of men's hearts, of their secret yearning after righteousness, their secret bitterness against it. It may be noted, however, that the Greek word for "thought" is almost always used in the Greek with a shade of evil implied in it.

Verse 35. - Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also. Christian art has well caught the spirit of her life who was, in spite of her untold suffering, "blessed among women," in depicting her so often and so touchingly as the mother of sorrows (Mater Dolorosa). The childhood in the Nazareth home, and the early manhood in the Nazareth carpentry, were no doubt her happiest days, though, in those quiet years, expectation, fears, dread, curiously interwoven, must have ever torn that mother's heart. The days of the public ministry for Mary must have been sad, and her heart full of anxious forebodings, as she watched the growing jealousies, the hatred, and the unbelief on the part of the leading men of her people. Then came the cross. We know she stood by it all the while. And, after the cross and the Resurrection, silence. Verily the words of Simeon were awfully fulfilled. Bleek, quoted by Godet, makes an interesting suggestion on the subject of the sword piercing Mary's heart: "Thou shalt feel in thine own heart their contradiction in regard to thy Son, when thou thyself shall be seized with doubt in regard to his mission." Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,.... Meaning either the sword, "or spear of scandal", as the Arabic version renders it; so the calumny, and reproach of the tongues of men, is compared to a sharp sword, Psalm 57:4 and such the virgin might meet with on account of her conception in art unmarried state, which might greatly wound her soul; or else the sorrows she met with on account of her son: as he was a man of sorrows, so was she a woman of sorrows, from his cradle to his cross; and his sorrows, like so many darts, or javelins, rebounded from him to her, and pierced her soul through; as when Herod sought his life, Matthew 2:13 when she had lost him for a whole day, Luke 2:48 and when he was frequently exposed to danger among the spiteful and malicious Jews; but never more than when she stood at his cross, and saw him, in his agonies, extended on the tree, bleeding, gasping, and dying, John 19:25. Some think this refers to martyrdom, which she was to suffer by the sword, of which the Scripture is silent, Epiphanius, an ancient writer, seems to hint at it (n),

That the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed; that is, all this offence was to be taken at Christ, and he to be spoken against; and all these afflictions, reproaches, and persecutions, he and his were to endure for this end; that the secret thoughts of men might be discovered, and they be known to be what they were, whether hypocrites, or good men, foes or friends of Christ: so on the one hand, what were the Scribes and Pharisees, who talked of a Messiah, and pretended to righteousness and holiness, and yet when the Messiah came, rejected him, and so all such who followed Christ with worldly views, and expected a temporal kingdom, but left him when they found it otherwise, and Judas, one of his disciples; and, on the other hand, who were sincere and hearty? as the rest of his disciples, Joseph of Arimathea, and others, who abode by him, notwithstanding the cross; and the same use have all persecutions, errors, and heresies, the opposition and contradiction of men in every shape now, and the same end is answered; wicked men, and hypocrites, are known to be what they are; and good men are made manifest; and what each think of Christ and his Gospel, is discovered hereby; see 1 Corinthians 11:19.

(n) Contr. Haeres. 72. 35. Yea, etc.—"Blessed as thou art among women, thou shalt have thine own deep share of the struggles and sufferings which this Babe is to occasion"—pointing not only to the continued obloquy and rejection of this Child of hers, those agonies of His which she was to witness at the cross, and her desolate condition thereafter, but to dreadful alternations of faith and unbelief, of hope and fear regarding Him, which she would have to pass through.

that the thoughts, etc.—Men's views and decisions regarding Christ are a mirror in which the very "thoughts of their hearts" are seen.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.
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