Luke 2:49
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New International Version
"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"

New Living Translation
"But why did you need to search?" he asked. "Didn't you know that I must be in my Father's house?"

English Standard Version
And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

Berean Study Bible
"Why were you looking for Me?" He asked, "Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's house?"

Berean Literal Bible
And He said to them, "Why is it that you were seeking Me? Did you not know that it behooves Me to be in the house of My Father?"

New American Standard Bible
And He said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's house?"

King James Bible
And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Why were you searching for Me?" He asked them. "Didn't you know that I had to be in My Father's house?"

International Standard Version
He asked them, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?"

NET Bible
But he replied, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know that I must be in my Father's house?"

New Heart English Bible
He said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be doing the works of my Father?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Do you not know that it was fitting for me to be in my Father's house?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you realize that I had to be in my Father's house?"

New American Standard 1977
And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Knew ye not that it behooves me to be about my Father's business?

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto them, How is it that you sought me? knew you not that I must be about my Father's business?

American King James Version
And he said to them, How is it that you sought me? knew you not that I must be about my Father's business?

American Standard Version
And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? knew ye not that I must be in my Father's house?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my father's business?

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, Why [is it] that ye have sought me? did ye not know that I ought to be [occupied] in my Father's business?

English Revised Version
And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be in my Father's house?

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to them, How is it that ye sought me? knew ye not that I must be about my Father's business?

Weymouth New Testament
"Why is it that you have been searching for me?" He replied; "did you not know that it is my duty to be engaged upon my Father's business?"

World English Bible
He said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know that I must be in my Father's house?"

Young's Literal Translation
And he said unto them, 'Why is it that ye were seeking me? did ye not know that in the things of my Father it behoveth me to be?'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:41-52 It is for the honour of Christ that children should attend on public worship. His parents did not return till they had stayed all the seven days of the feast. It is well to stay to the end of an ordinance, as becomes those who say, It is good to be here. Those that have lost their comforts in Christ, and the evidences of their having a part in him, must bethink themselves where, and when, and how they lost them, and must turn back again. Those that would recover their lost acquaintance with Christ, must go to the place in which he has put his name; there they may hope to meet him. They found him in some part of the temple, where the doctors of the law kept their schools; he was sitting there, hearkening to their instructions, proposing questions, and answering inquiries, with such wisdom, that those who heard were delighted with him. Young persons should seek the knowledge of Divine truth, attend the ministry of the gospel, and ask such questions of their elders and teachers as may tend to increase their knowledge. Those who seek Christ in sorrow, shall find him with the greater joy. Know ye not that I ought to be in my Father's house; at my Father's work; I must be about my Father's business. Herein is an example; for it becomes the children of God, in conformity to Christ, to attend their heavenly Father's business, and make all other concerns give way to it. Though he was the Son of God, yet he was subject to his earthly parents; how then will the foolish and weak sons of men answer it, who are disobedient to their parents? However we may neglect men's sayings, because they are obscure, yet we must not think so of God's sayings. That which at first is dark, may afterwards become plain and easy. The greatest and wisest, those most eminent, may learn of this admirable and Divine Child, that it is the truest greatness of soul to know our own place and office; to deny ourselves amusements and pleasures not consistent with our state and calling.
Study Bible
The Boy Jesus at the Temple
48When His parents saw Him, they were astonished. “Child, why have You done this to us?” His mother asked. “Your father and I have been anxiously searching for You.” 49“Why were you looking for Me? He asked, “Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” 50But they did not understand the statement He was making to them.…
Cross References
Luke 2:48
When His parents saw Him, they were astonished. "Child, why have You done this to us?" His mother asked. "Your father and I have been anxiously searching for You."

John 2:16
To those selling doves He said, "Get these out of here! How dare you turn My Father's house into a marketplace!"

John 4:34
Jesus explained, "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.

John 5:36
But I have testimony more substantial than that of John. For the works that the Father has given Me to accomplish--the very works I am doing--testify about Me that the Father has sent Me.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them, How is it that you sought me? knew you not that I must be about my Father's business?

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Luke 2:48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said to him, …

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Malachi 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before …

Matthew 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that …

John 2:16,17 And said to them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not …

John 4:34 Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, …

John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father works till now, and I work.

John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will …

John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; …

John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night …

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