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48 His parents were shocked to find him there, and Mary scolded him, saying, “Son, your father and I have searched for you everywhere! We have been worried sick over not finding you. Why would you do this to us?”

49 Jesus said to them, “Why would you need to search for me? Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be here in my Father’s house, consumed with him?”[a]

50 Mary and Joseph didn’t fully understand what Jesus meant.

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Footnotes

  1. 2:49 The first recorded words of Jesus, when he was only twelve, are given to us here.

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