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

  • BSP
    Jesus continued subject to his earthly parents as verse 51 mentions. Even though he was perfect, he obeyed his imperfect parents.
  • Lilian
    Jesus was also learning the words that comes from the Father at 12 yrs he was sharing the word's with Rabbai's . Jesus himself is the word of God he was given to us not to condemn but to fulfill the Scripture s . We must be Rejoice always as VICTORY HAS COME. I PRAISE YOU JESUS AND LOVE YOUR WORDS AND I WILL KEEP THEM UNTIL RAPTURE.AMEN
  • Lilian
    Jesus was given by God to us because of his love . John 3:16 for God so love the world that he gave his only begotten son Jesus Christ whoever believes in him shall not be perish but have everlasting life amen. What a faithful and loving God we serve. Jesus took our sins pain and worries on the cross he paid the price for us it is finish. Lets keep praising Jesus for everything he have done. Amen
  • Norm
    Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.
  • David L Canham
    Luke surely was a man of great knowledge because he know how the people would react to unusual events and that word would be spread very rapidly which would ignite the explosion necessary for God plan to be implemented.
  • 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

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