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Old Testament Fulfillment in the Canticle of Simeon


"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
      you now dismiss your servant in peace.
 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
    which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
      and for glory to your people Israel."

Simeon's prayer of praise in Luke 2:29-32 alludes to several passages in the Old Testament including Isaiah 40:5, Isaiah 42:6, Isaiah 52:10 and Psalm 98:2.

Isaiah 40:5 (New International Version)

 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,
       and all mankind together will see it.
       For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

Isaiah 42:6 (New International Version)

 "I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness;
       I will take hold of your hand.
       I will keep you and will make you
       to be a covenant for the people
       and a light for the Gentiles, ..."

Isaiah 52:10 (New International Version)

 The LORD will lay bare his holy arm
       in the sight of all the nations,
       and all the ends of the earth will see
       the salvation of our God.

Psalm 98:2 (New International Version)

 The LORD has made his salvation known
       and revealed his righteousness to the nations.


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