New International Version
When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.
King James Bible
And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
Darby Bible Translation
And when he was twelve years old, and they went up [to Jerusalem] according to the custom of the feast
World English Bible
When he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast,
Young's Literal Translation
and when he became twelve years old, they having gone up to Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
His parents went - every year - This was their constant custom, because positively enjoined by the law, Exodus 23:17. But it does not appear that infants were obliged to be present; and yet all the men-children are positively ordered to make their appearance at Jerusalem thrice in the year, Exodus 34:23. And our Lord, being now twelve years old, Luke 2:42, accompanies his parents to the feast. Probably this was the very age at which the male children were obliged to appear before the Lord at the three public festivals - the feast of unleavened bread, of weeks, and of tabernacles. According to the Jewish canons, it was the age at which they were obliged to begin to learn a trade.
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"I bring you glad tidings" (Luke ii. 10). A Christmas spirit should be a spirit of humanity. Beside that beautiful object lesson on the Manger, the Cradle, and the lowly little child, what Christian heart can ever wish to be proud? It is a spirit of joy. It is right that these should be glad tidings, for, "Behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy which shall be to all people." It is a spirit of love. It should be the joy that comes from giving joy to others. The central fact of Christmas is …
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Christ About his Father's Business
Every year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.
After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
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