Luke 2:37
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New International Version
and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.

New Living Translation
Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer.

English Standard Version
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.

New American Standard Bible
and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.

King James Bible
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and was a widow for 84 years. She did not leave the temple complex, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers.

International Standard Version
and then as a widow for 84 years. She never left the Temple, but continued to worship there night and day with times of fasting and prayer.

NET Bible
She had lived as a widow since then for eighty-four years. She never left the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And she had been a widow about 84 years, and she had not departed from The Temple, and with fastings and with prayers she was serving by day and night.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and she had been a widow for 84 years. Anna never left the temple courtyard but worshiped day and night by fasting and praying.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and she was a widow eighty-four years, who departed not from the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.

King James 2000 Bible
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, who departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

American King James Version
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

American Standard Version
and she had been a widow even unto fourscore and four years), who departed not from the temple, worshipping with fastings and supplications night and day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And she was a widow until fourscore and four years; who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day.

Darby Bible Translation
and herself a widow up to eighty-four years; who did not depart from the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers;

English Revised Version
and she had been a widow even for fourscore and four years), which departed not from the temple, worshipping with fastings and supplications night and day.

Webster's Bible Translation
And she was a widow of about eighty four years, who departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

Weymouth New Testament
and then being a widow of eighty-four years. She was never absent from the Temple, but worshipped, by day and by night, with fasting and prayer.

World English Bible
and she had been a widow for about eighty-four years), who didn't depart from the temple, worshipping with fastings and petitions night and day.

Young's Literal Translation
and she is a widow of about eighty-four years, who did depart not from the temple, with fasts and supplications serving, night and day,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:36-40 There was much evil then in the church, yet God left not himself without witness. Anna always dwelt in, or at least attended at, the temple. She was always in a praying spirit; gave herself to prayer, and in all things she served God. Those to whom Christ is made known, have great reason to thank the Lord. She taught others concerning him. Let the example of the venerable saints, Simeon and Anna, give courage to those whose hoary heads are, like theirs, a crown of glory, being found in the way of righteousness. The lips soon to be silent in the grave, should be showing forth the praises of the Redeemer. In all things it became Christ to be made like unto his brethren, therefore he passed through infancy and childhood as other children, yet without sin, and with manifest proofs of the Divine nature in him. By the Spirit of God all his faculties performed their offices in a manner not seen in any one else. Other children have foolishness bound in their hearts, which appears in what they say or do, but he was filled with wisdom, by the influence of the Holy Ghost; every thing he said and did, was wisely said and wisely done, above his years. Other children show the corruption of their nature; nothing but the grace of God was upon him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 37. - Which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. Probably, in virtue of her reputation as a prophetess, some small chamber in the temple was assigned to her. This seems to have been the case with Huldah (2 Chronicles 34:22). It has also been suggested that she lovingly performed some work in or about the sacred building. Farrar suggests such as trimming the lamps (as is the rabbinic notion about Deborah), derived from the word lapidoth, splendor. Such sacred functions were regarded among all nations as a high honor. The great city of Ephesus boasted her name of νεωκόρος, temple-sweeper, as her proudest title to honor.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years,.... Which is not the date of her whole age, as some have thought, but of her widowhood state, as distinct from her marriage state, and the time of her virginity. And this sense all the versions favour,

Which departed not from the temple that is, she was constant in her devotion there, at the time of divine service, whether by night or day; not that she was in it, for she had been out of it now; otherwise it could not with propriety be said of her, that

she coming in that instant, as in the next verse; but that she always was there when there was any worship performed, in which women might be concerned, and which is pointed out in the next clause:

but served God with fastings and prayers, night and day: she attended to the usual fasts of twice a week, and to such as were enjoined the whole congregation, and to the several set times of prayer, and to every act of devotion, private or public, by night or day. In Exodus 38:8 we read of women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: both the Targums of Onkelos and Ben Uzziel render it, "who came to pray"; and the Septuagint version, "that fasted": Anna did both.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

37. departed not from the temple—was found there at all stated hours of the day, and even during the night services of the temple watchmen (Ps 134:1, 2), "serving God with fastings and prayer." (See 1Ti 5:5, suggested by this.)

Luke 2:37 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Prophecy of Anna
36And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 38At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Cross References
Luke 5:33
They said to him, "John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking."

Acts 13:3
So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

Acts 14:23
Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.

1 Timothy 5:5
The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.
Treasury of Scripture

And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

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Exodus 38:8 And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the …

1 Samuel 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside you: neither …

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: …

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that …

Psalm 84:4,10 Blessed are they that dwell in your house: they will be still praising …

Psalm 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in …

Psalm 135:1,2 Praise you the LORD. Praise you the name of the LORD; praise him, …

Revelation 3:12 Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, …

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Psalm 22:2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but you hear not; and in the night …

Acts 26:7 To which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and …

1 Timothy 5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusts in God, and …

Revelation 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and …

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