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Luke 2:37 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

37. A widow of fourscore years It is honorable to Israel that the true widow was honored. If Anna were married, as is often the case with girls in the East, at thirteen, was seven years a wife, and eighty-four years a widow, she was now one hundred and four years old. But more probably this eighty-four years was her entire age. Though second marriages were not forbidden, yet among both Jews and Romans, a reverence was paid to the pure widow who retained unbroken and unrepeated her first wedding vows. So long had been Anna’s spotless widow-hood, and so profound was her piety, that whether she really uttered inspired predictions or not, she received the sacred epithet of prophetess. She departed not from the temple; for probably reverence for her piety secured for her the privilege of residing in some one of the chambers of the women’s court.

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Luke 2:37 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 2:37 - The Greek Testament

Luke 2:37 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 2:37 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 2:37 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 2:37 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 2:37 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 2:37 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 2:37 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 2:37 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 2:37 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 2:37 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 2:37 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 2:37 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 2:37 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 2:37 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 2:37 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 2:37 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 2:37 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 2:37 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 2:37 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 2:37 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 2:37 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 2:37 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments