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?'
Luke 2:49 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
How is it that ye sought me? - Is not this intended as a gentle reproof? Why had ye me to seek? Ye should not have left my company, when ye knew I am constantly employed in performing the will of the Most High.
My Father's business? - Εν τοις του πατρος μου, My Father's concerns. Some think that these words should be translated, In my Father's house; which was a reason that they should have sought him in the temple only. As if he had said, Where should a child be found, but in his father's house? This translation is defended by Grotius, Pearce, and others; and is the reading of the Syriac, later Persic, and Armenian versions. Our Lord took this opportunity to instruct Joseph and Mary concerning his Divine nature and mission. My Father's concerns. This saying, one would think, could not have been easily misunderstood. It shows at once that he came down from heaven. Joseph had no concerns in the temple; and yet we find they did not fully comprehend it. How slow of heart is man to credit any thing that comes from God!
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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 of him that sent me.
John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.
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