Luke 2:39-52 World English Bible

The Return to Nazareth

39  When they had accomplished all things that were according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. 40  The child was growing, and was becoming strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41  His parents went every year to Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover. 42  When he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast, 43  and when they had fulfilled the days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. Joseph and his mother didn’t know it, 44  but supposing him to be in the company, they went a day’s journey, and they looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45  When they didn’t find him, they returned to Jerusalem, looking for him. 46  It happened after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions. 47  All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48  When they saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us this way? Behold, your father and I were anxiously looking for you.” 49  He said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50  They didn’t understand the saying which he spoke to them. 51  And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth. He was subject to them, and his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

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