Luke 2:49

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And he said vnto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist yee not that I must bee about my fathers businesse?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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?}"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? knew ye not that I must be in my Father's house?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he said to them, Why were you looking for me? was it not clear to you that my right place was in my Father's house?
- Basic English Bible

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?
- Darby Bible

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

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?"
- Weymouth Bible

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

And he seide to hem, What is it that ye souyten me? wisten ye not that in tho thingis that ben of my fadir, it behoueth me to be?
- Wycliffe Bible

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?'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Luke 2:49


2:49 Why sought ye me? - He does not blame them for losing, but for thinking it needful to seek him: and intimates, that he could not be lost, nor found any where, but doing the will of a higher parent.


People's Bible Notes for Luke 2:49


Lu 2:49 How is it that ye sought me? Did ye not know that I must be in my Father's house? That is, in the temple, where they did find him. They ought to have come there at once. These words are the first in which he reveals his consciousness of his supernatural birth.

Discussion for Luke 2

  • Masha
    as a mother who tends to be talkative, I am challenged by MARY'S example in verses 19 and 51 of Luke 2:she stored these things in her heart and often pondered them. that i may be more meditative than talkative!
    Mary and Joseph fulfilled all the requirements of the law for baby Jesus; and He lived a life of obedience and submission to His earthly parents(51).JESUS was the personification of grace
  • KDC
    The shepherds got a fantastic piece of news!!! I believe that after seeing the Christ, in their excitement, must have noised it abroad right there in Bethlehem. But guess what??? The peiple Having ears they listened but didn't really hear.....scriptural...
  • Ron Jefferson
    I love Luke chapter 2 it tells of birth of Jesus Christ how he was born, life and salvation. Jesus was born in manager. He grew up learning about God at age 12 he minster to men. It was professed he was salvation. Jesus was born so we may have
    Eternal life.
  • Macieso
    I love kjv of the Bible and Luke chp 2 i s one of the greatest chp in the Bible and love it.
  • GeraldineCole
    This is great and I was bless again just reading it over again Anna the prop.was a women that love God I pray that God will raise up many more like Anna and other women in the bible .Women U are important to Jesus The Christ Jesus is calling his Childern Out he is saying live in the world but be not of this world come out live for him U can not be and do and act like the world and be a child of Jesus u can not love the world nor things in the world.but we must show love to the world why because we belong to Jesus we have the real love inside of us the sinner have a nature love which depending on if u do and act like they want u to they love U .and thats not real love .it appointed a man once to die then the judgment. Question is will U Be Ready
  • Tolasek
    I believe that Jesus Christ was born on the Feast of the Trumpets! The first day of Tishri, Rosh Hashana!

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