Luke 2:49
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?

Christian Standard Bible
"Why were you searching for me?" he asked them. "Didn't you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Father's house?"

Contemporary English Version
Jesus answered, "Why did you have to look for me? Didn't you know that I would be in my Father's house?"

Good News Translation
He answered them, "Why did you have to look for me? Didn't you know that I had to be in my Father's house?"

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?'
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 unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.

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

Malachi 3:1
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.







Lexicon
“Why
Τί (Ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

were you looking for
ἐζητεῖτέ (ezēteite)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.

Me?”
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

He asked.
εἶπεν (eipen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

“Did you not know
ᾔδειτε (ēdeite)
Verb - Pluperfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

I
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

had
δεῖ (dei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1163: Third person singular active present of deo; also deon deh-on'; neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is Necessary.

to be
εἶναί (einai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

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.

My
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

Father’s
Πατρός (Patros)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3962: Father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior. Apparently a primary word; a 'father'.

[ house ]?”
τοῖς (tois)
Article - Dative Neuter 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.
(49) Wist ye not . . .?--This is, as it were, the holy Child's defence against the implied reproach in. His mother's question. Had they reflected, there need have been no seeking; they would have known what He was doing and where He was.

About my Father's business.--Literally, in the things that are My Father's--i.e., in His work, the vague width of the words covering also, perhaps, the meaning "in My Father's house," the rendering adopted in the old Syriac version. The words are the first recorded utterance of the Son of Man, and they are a prophecy of that consciousness of direct Sonship, closer and more ineffable than that of any other of the sons of men, which is afterwards the dominant idea of which His whole life is a manifestation. We find in a Gospel in other respects very unlike St. John's, the germ of what there comes out so fully in such words as, "My Father worketh hitherto, and I also work" (John 5:17), "I and My Father are One" (John 10:30). The words are obviously emphasised as an answer to Mary's words, "Thy father." Subject unto His parents as He had been before and was afterwards, there was a higher Fatherhood for Him than that of any earthly adoption.

Verse 49. - How is it that ye sought me? To the gently veiled reproach of Mary, Jesus replies, apparently with wonderment, with another question. It had come upon him so quietly and yet with such irresistible force that the temple of God was his real earthly home, that he marvelled at his mother's slowness of comprehension. Why should she have been surprised at his still lingering in the sacred courts? Did she not know who he was, and whence he came? Then he added, Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? There was an expression of Mary's which evidently distressed the Child Jesus. Godet even thinks that he discerns a kind of shudder in his quick reply to Mary's "thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing." "In my Father's house, where my Father's work is being done, there ought I to be busied. Didn't you know this?" But the twelve silent uneventful years of life at Nazareth, the poor home, the village carpentry, the natural development of the sacred Child, had gradually obscured for Mary and Joseph the memories of the infancy. They had not forgotten them, but time and circumstances had covered them with a veil. Now they were very gently reminded by the Boy's own quiet words of what had happened twelve years before. Scholars hesitate whether or not to adopt the rendering of the old Syriac Version, "in my Father's house," instead of the broader and vaguer "about my Father's business," as the Greek will allow either translation. It seems to us the best to retain the old rendering we love so well, "about my Father's business." The whole spirit of Jesus' after-teaching leads us irresistibly to this interpretation of the Master's first recorded saying. 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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