Luke 2:37

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And she was a widow of about fourescore and foure yeeres, which departed not from the Temple, but serued God with fastings and prayers night and day.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

She had been a widow for eighty-four years); she was in the Temple at all times, worshipping with prayers and going without food, night and day.
- Basic English Bible

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

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.
- Webster's Bible

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.
- Weymouth 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.
- World English Bible

And this was a widewe to foure scoor yeer and foure; and sche departide not fro the temple, but seruyde to God nyyt and dai in fastyngis and preieris.
- Wycliffe Bible

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,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 2:37


2:37 Fourscore and four years - These were the years of her life, not her widowhood only. Who departed not from the temple - Who attended there at all the stated hours of prayer. But served God with fastings and prayers - Even at that age. Night and day - That is, spending therein a considerable part of the night, as well as of the day.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 2:37


Lu 2:37 A widow for fourscore and four years. She had passed seven years with a husband when young and then remained a widow until, at this time, she was eighty-four years old, devoting herself to a religious life. Departed not from the temple. Probably assigned, on account of her saintly character, a chamber in the temple.

Discussion for Luke 2

  • BSP
    Jesus continued subject to his earthly parents as verse 51 mentions. Even though he was perfect, he obeyed his imperfect parents.
  • Lilian
    Jesus was given by God to us because of his love . John 3:16 for God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son Jesus Christ whoever believes in him shall not be perish but have everlasting life amen. What a faithful and loving God we serve. Jesus took our sins pain and worries on the cross he paid the price for us it is finish. Lets keep praising Jesus for everything he have done. Amen
  • David L Canham
    Luke surely was a man of great knowledge because he know how the people would react to unusual events and that word would be spread very rapidly which would ignite the explosion necessary for God plan to be implemented.
  • KDC
    The shepherds got a fantastic piece of news!!! I believe that after seeing the Christ, in their excitement, must have noised it abroad right there in Bethlehem. But guess what??? The peiple Having ears they listened but didn't really hear.....scriptural...
  • Macieso
    I love kjv of the Bible and Luke chp 2 i s one of the greatest chp in the Bible and love it.
  • GeraldineCole
    This is great and I was bless again just reading it over again Anna the prop.was a women that love God I pray that God will raise up many more like Anna and other women in the bible .Women U are important to Jesus The Christ Jesus is calling his Childern Out he is saying live in the world but be not of this world come out live for him U can not be and do and act like the world and be a child of Jesus u can not love the world nor things in the world.but we must show love to the world why because we belong to Jesus we have the real love inside of us the sinner have a nature love which depending on if u do and act like they want u to they love U .and thats not real love .it appointed a man once to die then the judgment. Question is will U Be Ready

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