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

  • Irene123
    Vs. 8-12; every time I read these - I hear Linus; I am 74, but as with most adults I watched it with my kids. That scene with Linus will always be special to me. It was the only time 'religion' was allowed in a child's show.
  • A disciple
    "And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds." There has never been a problem with news and information getting out among the people, and all Israel knew what was reported about Jesus coming into the world. We too have been told all things by God.
  • A disciple
    "And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." God in His great love and very good purposes has always had in His heart to save man, and to undo what the devil and sin has done to destroy us. Oh that all His works would praise Him!
  • Irene123
    To O. Bakre - I like the way you grouped the names together under one subject. Makes researching them easy. The Lord blessed you with that idea.
  • OLUGBENGA BAKRE
    Luke 2:52 is what any living soul should pray 4 from God, Jesus (King of Glory himself) grew in Wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man, Samuel in favour with God and man 1 samuel 2:26, Abraham favour, Joseph favour, Moses Favour. all the people that are noteworthy in the Bible are in favour with God and Man. Therefore I pray to Grow in Wisdom,Stature and in Favour with God
  • Isaac jozabad
    just as Jesus increased in love,favor and wisdom every minister of Christ Jesus should increase in love favor and wisdom with God if he is ready to serve God and his people
    verse 51

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