Luke 2:35
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
and you, Mary, will suffer as though you had been stabbed by a dagger. But all this will show what people are really thinking."

Good News Translation
and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart."

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 GRK ▾ 
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 …







Lexicon
so that
ὅπως (hopōs)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3704: From hos and pos; what(-ever) how, i.e. In the manner that (as adverb or conjunction of coincidence, intentional or actual).

[the] thoughts
διαλογισμοί (dialogismoi)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1261: From dialogizomai; discussion, i.e. consideration, or debate.

of
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

many
πολλῶν (pollōn)
Adjective - Genitive Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 4183: Much, many; often.

hearts
καρδιῶν (kardiōn)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2588: Prolonged from a primary kar; the heart, i.e. the thoughts or feelings; also the middle.

will be revealed—
ἀποκαλυφθῶσιν (apokalyphthōsin)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 601: To uncover, bring to light, reveal. From apo and kalupto; to take off the cover, i.e. Disclose.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

a sword
ῥομφαία (rhomphaia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4501: A sword, scimitar; fig: war, piercing grief. Probably of foreign origin; a sabre, i.e. A long and broad cutlass.

will pierce
διελεύσεται (dieleusetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Middle - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1330: To pass through, spread (as a report). From dia and erchomai; to traverse.

your
σοῦ (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

soul
ψυχὴν (psychēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5590: From psucho; breath, i.e. spirit, abstractly or concretely.

as well.”
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.
(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." 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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