And it was revealed to him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
How highly favoured was Simeon! A glorious anticipation truly for a pious Israelite to entertain! A stupendous assurance to carry about with him! How must it have stirred his inmost soul at times to think upon it! At one time, joy — at another, alarm — must have filled his heart; joy at the thought that God was about to visit and redeem His people; alarm, for who might abide the day of His coming, and who should stand when He appeared? Every rumour which reached him must have made his pulse throb and his heart beat; for he knew that he was destined to look upon Him to whom all type and all prophecy for four thousand years had been steadily pointing His words of recognition, the inspired hymn which bears his name, must doubtless have flowed from his burning lips like words of fire. His embrace must surely have been an act of unspeakable gratitude, wonder, and joy!
Parallel VersesKJV: And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
WEB: It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.