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New Defender's Study Bible Notes

2:49 wist. That is, “know.”

2:49 my Father’s business. As a boy, Jesus had already become a deep student of the Scriptures, more than able to hold His own with the learned “doctors” (i.e., Rabbis). His parents, knowing His interests as well as His divine mission, should have known where He would be—hence His gentle question. The reference to “His Father’s business” indicates that, even in His humanity, at the key age of twelve years, He already had begun to realize His identity and purpose.

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