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

  • Norm
    Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
  • 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.
  • Masha
    as a mother who tends to be talkative, I am challenged by MARY'S example in verses 19 and 51 of Luke 2:she stored these things in her heart and often pondered them. that i may be more meditative than talkative!
    Mary and Joseph fulfilled all the requirements of the law for baby Jesus; and He lived a life of obedience and submission to His earthly parents(51).JESUS was the personification of grace
  • 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...
  • Ron Jefferson
    I love Luke chapter 2 it tells of birth of Jesus Christ how he was born, life and salvation. Jesus was born in manager. He grew up learning about God at age 12 he minster to men. It was professed he was salvation. Jesus was born so we may have
    Eternal life.
  • Macieso
    I love kjv of the Bible and Luke chp 2 i s one of the greatest chp in the Bible and love it.

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