Luke 2:46
New International Version
After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

New Living Translation
Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions.

English Standard Version
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

Berean Study Bible
Finally, after three days they found Him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

Berean Literal Bible
And it came to pass after three days, they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them and questioning them.

New American Standard Bible
Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.

King James Bible
And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

Christian Standard Bible
After three days, they found him in the temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

Contemporary English Version
Three days later they found Jesus sitting in the temple, listening to the teachers and asking them questions.

Good News Translation
On the third day they found him in the Temple, sitting with the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After three days, they found Him in the temple complex sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

International Standard Version
Three days later, they found him in the Temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and posing questions to them.

NET Bible
After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

New Heart English Bible
It happened after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
After three days, they found him in The Temple as he sat in the midst of the Teachers and he heard from them and he was inquiring of them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Three days later, they found him in the temple courtyard. He was sitting among the teachers, listening to them, and asking them questions.

New American Standard 1977
And it came about that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it came to pass that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions.

King James 2000 Bible
And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

American King James Version
And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the middle of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

American Standard Version
And it came to pass, after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them, and asking them questions:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions.

Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass, after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers and hearing them and asking them questions.

English Revised Version
And it came to pass, after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions:

Webster's Bible Translation
And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

Weymouth New Testament
On the third day they found Him in the Temple sitting among the Rabbis, both listening to them and asking them questions,

World English Bible
It happened after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions.

Young's Literal Translation
And it came to pass, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them and questioning them,
Study Bible
The Boy Jesus at the Temple
45When they could not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for Him. 46Finally, after three days they found Him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.…
Cross References
Luke 2:45
When they could not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for Him.

Luke 2:47
And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.

Luke 5:17
One day Jesus was teaching, and the Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. People had come from Jerusalem and from every village of Galilee and Judea, and the power of the Lord was present for Him to heal the sick.

John 3:10
"You are Israel's teacher," said Jesus, "and you do not understand these things?

Acts 5:34
But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a short time.

1 Timothy 1:7
They want to be teachers of the Law, but they do not understand what they are saying or that which they so confidently assert.

Treasury of Scripture

And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the middle of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

after.

Luke 2:44,45
But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance…

1 Kings 12:5,12
And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed…

Matthew 12:40
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

the doctors.

Luke 5:17
And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

Acts 5:34
Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

both.

Isaiah 49:1,2
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name…

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.







Lexicon
Finally,
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

after
μετὰ (meta)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

three
τρεῖς (treis)
Adjective - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5140: Three. Or neuter tria a primary number; 'three'.

days
ἡμέρας (hēmeras)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

they found
εὗρον (heuron)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2147: A prolonged form of a primary heuro, which heureo is used for it in all the tenses except the present and imperfect to find.

Him
αὐτὸν (auton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

temple courts,
ἱερῷ (hierō)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2411: Neuter of hieros; a sacred place, i.e. The entire precincts of the Temple.

sitting
καθεζόμενον (kathezomenon)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2516: To be sitting, sit down, be seated. From kata and the base of hedraios; to sit down.

among
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

teachers,
διδασκάλων (didaskalōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1320: A teacher, master. From didasko; an instructor.

listening to
ἀκούοντα (akouonta)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

them
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

asking them questions.
ἐπερωτῶντα (eperōtōnta)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1905: To interrogate, question, demand of. From epi and erotao; to ask for, i.e. Inquire, seek.
(46) Sitting in the midst of the doctors.--A chamber of the Temple was set apart as a kind of open free school. The "doctors" or teachers--famous "doctors of the Law" (Acts 5:34)--sat "in Moses' seat;" the older students on a low bench; the younger on the ground, literally "at the feet" of their instructor. The relation between master and scholar was often one of affectionate reverence and sympathy, and was expressed by one of the famous scribes in a saying worth remembering, "I have learnt much from the Rabbis, my teachers; I have learnt more from the Rabbis, my colleagues; but from my scholars I have learnt most of all." It is interesting to think that among the doctors then present may have been the venerable Hillel, then verging upon his hundredth year; his son and successor, Simeon; his grandson, the then youthful Gamaliel; Jonathan, the writer of the Chaldee Targum or Paraphrase of the Sacred Books; and Shammai, the rival of Hillel, who "bound" where the latter "loosed."

Both hearing them, and asking them questions.--The method of teaching was, we see, essentially and reciprocally catechetical. The kind of questions current in the schools would include such as, What is the great commandment of the Law? What may or may not be done on the Sabbath? How is such a precept to be paraphrased; what is its true meaning? As the Targum of Jonathan included the books of Joshua, Judges 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the twelve Minor Prophets, the questions may probably have turned also on the meaning of prophecies, the expectations of the Christ, and the like. The legends of the Apocryphal Gospels make the wisdom of the child Jesus take a wide range over astronomy and other sciences.

Verse 46. - And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple. According to the common way of reckoning among the Hebrews, this expression, "after three days," probably means "on the third day." One day was consumed in the usual short pilgrim-journey. His absence at first would excite no attention; on the second, as they missed him still, they sought him in the various pilgrim-companies; and on the day following they found him in the temple courts, with the doctors of the Law. Sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. In the temple enclosure, says the Talmud, there were three synagogues - one at the gate of the court of the Gentiles, another at the entrance of the court of the Israelites, a third in the south-east part of the inner court: it was in these that the rabbis expounded the Law. Among the famous doctors, or rabbis, then living and teaching in Jerusalem, were the famous Hillel, then very aged, verging, we are told, on his hundredth year; his almost equally illustrious rival, Shammai; Gamaliel, the master of Saul of Tarsus; Jonathan, the compiler of the Chaldee Paraphrase of the sacred books; Simeon, the son and successor of Hillel; Nicodemus, who, some years afterwards, came to Jesus by night, and, when the end was come, reverently assisted in laying the King's Son with all honor in his tomb in Joseph of Arimathaea's garden. We may, with great probability, assume that amongst those "doctors" whom the Boy questioned at that Passover Feast, some if not all of these well-known men were sitting. The apocryphal Gospels, as usual, profess to give us details where the true story is reverently silent. The 'Gospel of Thomas' (second century), for instance, tells us that Jesus, when on the road to Nazareth, returned of his own accord to Jerusalem, and amazed the rabbis of the temple by his solution of the hardest and most difficult questions of the Law and the prophets. In an Arabic Gospel of somewhat later date than that of Thomas, we find the Boy even teaching the astronomers the secrets of their own difficult study. Probably Stier's simple words approach the nearest to the truth here, when he suggests that his questions were "the pure questions of innocence and of truth, which keenly and deeply penetrated into the confused errors of the rabbinical teaching." 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.
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