Why Were Mary and Joseph Amazed by Simeon’s Words?

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According to Luke 2:22, a few weeks after Jesus’ birth, Joseph and Mary presented him at the temple according to the Law of Moses. While there, Simeon uttered some very profound words regarding Jesus. Then Luke 2:33 states: And his father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about him (NASB).

This statement puzzles me because both Joseph and Mary received angelic visitations regarding the birth of Jesus. Both were aware of his miraculous birth. Both received prophetic words about his calling and ministry. Yet here, they’re amazed at Simeon’s words.

When I come to unexpected words or phrases in the Bible version I’m reading, I always like comparing them with other translations just to see if different phrasing can shed light on what’s happening. Logos Bible Software provides a helpful feature called Text Comparison located on the Tools menu which compares other Bibles to a “base text” so we can easily see differences among the Bibles.

While the “full version” of Text Comparison is extremely helpful, I usually prefer a quick popup preview of the comparison made available by a simple shortcut. I’ve blogged about this keystroke before, but I’ve discovered many Logos users don’t know it exists so here it is again by way of reminder.

  • Open any Bible to a passage such as Luke 2:33 (A)
  • Press the F7 key (depending on your keyboard you may also need to hold down the Fn key as you press F7)
  • Notice a popup preview of Text Comparison appears on the screen (B)
  • Please keep in mind these observations as you work with the preview:
    • The preview spans the full width of the screen.
    • The initial Bibles being used are the ones you prioritize in the Library.
    • The first Bible listed is the base text.
    • The subsequent Bibles are the compared Bibles.
    • The gray and blue text in a compared Bible column represents the differences between the base and the compared Bible (If the gray and blue text is not present, open Text Comparison and adjust the settings).
    • The gray text is coming from the base text.
    • The blue text is coming from the compared Bible.
    • The normal black text is where the 2 Bibles agree.
  • Using the example in the image for Luke 2:33 the:
    • ESV says marveled (C)
    • NASB says amazed (D)
    • LEB says astonished (E)

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Text Comparison, especially with the F7 shortcut, is a great tool to use during the observation phase of Bible study. By seeing the differences we have a better idea regarding which words to focus on during interpretation such as the Greek lemma translated marveled, amazed, and astonished in different Bibles!

For more information about Text Comparison and many other Logos 7 features, please check out our 3-volume set of Training Manuals in print and digital comprised of 100 chapters and over 800 pages!

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Morris Proctor is a certified trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

Comments

  1. Dale Siegelin says:

    Are you planning any Camp Logos seminars in Indianapolis this summer?

  2. Just curious … did you find the answer to your question? I always thought that they were amazed to receive confirmation about the divine messages from a complete stranger, yes, but one highly regarded.

    Did you find other insights?

  3. When is the next time Camp Logos will be in the Atlanta area? I’m unable to attend the one in February 2017.

  4. It would be nice if these articles had some deeper insight into the question inti the title rather than just being an advertisement about how Logos works : /

    • Tyler Smith says:

      Mark,

      Thanks for sharing your concerns. I just wanted to let you know that as the editor of this blog, I wrote the title, not the author of the post. I see now that I should have chosen a title that better represented what the article really was about. I’ll be more intentional about choosing appropriate titles in the future. Please accept my apologies.

      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

      Best,

      Tyler Smith

  5. Ian Thomas says:

    I reread what was written here today after reading it when it first came out. I was disappointed that you did seem to be able to answer the question you raised.

    Now I don’t mind finding out that the word ‘amazed’ comes over slightly different in other translations and how to go about it within Logos but this did not go anywhere near the title of this post…great title – terrible response – pretty deceiving, really.

    • Tyler Smith says:

      Ian,

      I just wanted to let you know that as the editor of this blog, I wrote the title, not the author of the post. Though it wasn’t my intent, I see now that the title was indeed misleading. Thanks for calling this out. In the future, I’ll be more intentional about choosing appropriate titles. Please accept my apologies.

      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

      Best,

      Tyler Smith

  6. Jesse Santos says:

    I think the blogger went on and on about using the TEXT Comparison tool of the LOGOS software without answering WHY Mary and Joseph were AMAZED of what Simeon said about the Lord Jesus Christ?This is the reason I stayed away from wasting money on their ads. Please just give us the PURE Word of God alone without the money making ads.

    • Tyler Smith says:

      Jesse,

      Thanks for sharing your concerns. I just wanted to let you know that as the editor of this blog, I wrote the title, not the author of the post. I see now that I should have chosen a title that better represented what the article really was about. I’ll be more intentional about choosing appropriate titles in the future. Please accept my apologies.

      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

      Best,

      Tyler Smith

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