New International Version
But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
King James Bible
And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
Darby Bible Translation
And they understood not the thing that he said to them.
World English Bible
They didn't understand the saying which he spoke to them.
Young's Literal Translation
and they did not understand the saying that he spake to them,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
How is it that ye sought me? - Is not this intended as a gentle reproof? Why had ye me to seek? Ye should not have left my company, when ye knew I am constantly employed in performing the will of the Most High.
My Father's business? - Εν τοις του πατρος μου, My Father's concerns. Some think that these words should be translated, In my Father's house; which was a reason that they should have sought him in the temple only. As if he had said, Where should a child be found, but in his father's house? This translation is defended by Grotius, Pearce, and others; and is the reading of the Syriac, later Persic, and Armenian versions. Our Lord took this opportunity to instruct Joseph and Mary concerning his Divine nature and mission. My Father's concerns. This saying, one would think, could not have been easily misunderstood. It shows at once that he came down from heaven. Joseph had no concerns in the temple; and yet we find they did not fully comprehend it. How slow of heart is man to credit any thing that comes from God!
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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
But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
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