Luke 2:49
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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?”

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?

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?

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?"

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Vincent's Word Studies

And he said

The first saying of Jesus which is preserved to us.

Must (δεῖ)

Lit., it is necessary, or it behoves. A word often used by Jesus concerning his own appointed work, and expressing both the inevitable fulfilment of the divine counsels and the absolute constraint of the principle of duty upon himself. See Matthew 16:21; Matthew 26:54; Mark 8:31; Luke 4:43; Luke 9:22; Luke 13:33; Luke 24:7, Luke 24:26, Luke 24:46; John 3:14; John 4:4; John 12:34.

About my Father's business (ἐν τοῖς τοῦ πατρός)

Lit., in the things of my Father. The words will bear this rendering; but the Rev. is better, in my Father's house. Mary's question was not as to what her son had been doing, but as to where he had been. Jesus, in effect, answers, "Where is a child to be found but in his Father's house?"

Luke 2:49 Parallel Commentaries

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Luke 2:48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said to him, Son, why have you thus dealt with us? behold...

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your 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 you seek...

Matthew 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple...

John 2:16,17 And said to them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise...

John 4:34 Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father works till now, and I work.

John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me.

John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.

Cross References
Luke 2:48
And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress."

John 2:16
And he told those who sold the pigeons, "Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade."

John 4:34
Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

John 5:36
But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me.

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