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

  • Steve morrow
    LUKE 2:40 AND THE CHILD GREW AND WAXED STRONG IN SPIRIT FILLED WITH WISDOM AND THE GRACE OF GOD WAS UPON HIM COLOSSIANS 3:16 LET THE WORD OF CHRIST DWELL IN YOU RICHLY IN ALL WISDOM TEACHING AND ADMONISHING ONE ANOTHER IN PSALMS AND HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS SINGING WITH GRACE IN YOUR HEARTS TO THE LORD
  • Donald
    I thought Zion was the city of David
  • What a wonderful a son we have Jesus
    It's wonderful to know Jesus so joyful!
  • Irene123
    V. 46 - proves that there are no 'loner' Christians. Jesus Himself gave us this example (Heb. 10:25) at the age of 12. And verifying scriptures are: Matt.12:9; 13:54; Mk.1:21, 29; Lk.4:38; 6:6; Jn.6:59; 12:42; and on and on. Rom. 10:14 - How can they hear without a preacher; 1 Tim. 4:14 - a Preacher (pastor) has hands laid on him by Holy Ghost filled men for God's spirit to 'ordain' him.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Luke 2: Although Joseph and Mary were in Galilee, their first-born Jesus was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem, several miles away. God made it happen through Augustus' decree on taxation. God's words are yeah and amen. No jot goes unfulfilled. This chapter reports the birth of our Our Lord and Saviour Jesus and His early days. God made man. Praise God on high.
  • Irene123
    Jesus was not a hypocrite, Matt. 23:3; He LIVED what He taught.

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