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Luke 2:44

    Luke 2:44 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    but supposing him to be in the company, they went a day's journey; and they sought for him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And in the belief that he was with some of their number, they went a day's journey; and after looking for him among their relations and friends,

    Webster's Revision

    but supposing him to be in the company, they went a day's journey; and they sought for him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance:

    World English Bible

    but supposing him to be in the company, they went a day's journey, and they looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    but supposing him to be in the company, they went a day's journey; and they sought for him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance:

    Definitions for Luke 2:44

    Kinsfolk - Family; relatives.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 2:44

    Supposing him to have been in the company - Some have supposed that the men and women marched in separate companies on these occasions, which is very likely; and that sometimes the children kept company with the men, sometimes with the women. This might have led to what otherwise seems to have been inexcusable carelessness in Joseph and Mary. Joseph, not seeing Jesus in the men's company, might suppose he was with his mother in the women's company; and Mary, not seeing him with her, might imagine he was with Joseph.

    Went a day's journey - Knowing what a treasure they possessed, how could they be so long without looking on it? Where were the bowels and tender solicitude of the mother? Let them answer this question who can.

    And they sought him - Ανεζητουν, They earnestly sought him. They are now both duly affected with a sense of their great loss and great negligence.

    Kinsfolk and acquaintance - Those of the same family and neighborhood went up to Jerusalem together on such occasions.

    I have frequently been reminded, says Mr. Ward, when reading this history, of the crowds going to some place in Bengal, to an idol feast. Men, women, and children, in large companies, may be seen travelling together, with their bedding, etc., on their heads. They cook and prepare their victuals in some shady place near a town, where they can purchase the necessaries they want, and, after remaining two or three days at the festival, return in companies as they went.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 2:44

    Supposing him to have been in the company - It may seem very remarkable that parents should not have been more attentive to their only son, and that they should not have been assured of his presence with them when they left Jerusalem; but the difficulty may be explained by the following considerations:

    1. In going to these great feasts, families and neighbors would join together, and form a large collection.

    2. It is not improbable that Jesus was "with" them when they were about to start from Jerusalem and were making preparations. Seeing him then, they might have been certain as to his presence.

    3. A part of the company might have left before the others, and Joseph and Mary may have supposed that he was with them, until they overtook them at night and ascertained their mistake.

    Kinsfolk - Relatives.

    Acquaintances - Neighbors who had gone up with them in the same company to Jerusalem.

    Wesley's Notes on Luke 2:44

    2:44 Supposing him to have been in the company - As the men and women usually travelled in distinct companies.