New International Version
"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
King James Bible
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
Darby Bible Translation
Lord, now thou lettest thy bondman go, according to thy word, in peace;
World English Bible
"Now you are releasing your servant, Master, according to your word, in peace;
Young's Literal Translation
'Now Thou dost send away Thy servant, Lord, according to Thy word, in peace,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace - Now thou dismissest, απολυεις, loosest him from life; having lived long enough to have the grand end of life accomplished.
According to thy word - It was promised to him, that he should not die till he had seen the Lord's anointed, Luke 2:26; and now, having seen him, he expects to be immediately dismissed in peace into the eternal world; having a full assurance and enjoyment of the salvation of God. Though Simeon means his death, yet the thing itself is not mentioned; for death has not only lost its sting, but its name also, to those who have, even by faith, seen the Lord's anointed.
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It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?"
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