3. Growing and Advancing
40 And the little child 1grew and became strong, being filled with 2awisdom, and the 3grace of God was upon Him.
41 And His parents went year by year to aJerusalem at the Feast of the bPassover.
42 And when He became 1twelve years old, they went up according to the 2acustom of the feast.
43 And when they had completed the days, while they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, and His parents did not know it.
44 But supposing that He was in the company, they went a day's journey and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.
45 And when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem searching for Him.
46 And after three days they found Him in the atemple, sitting in the midst of the bteachers, both hearing them and questioning them.
47 And all those who heard Him were aamazed at His understanding and His answers.
48 And when they saw Him, they were astounded; and His mother said to Him, Child, why have You treated us like this? Behold, Your father and I, being 1greatly distressed, have been seeking You.
49 And He said to them, Why is it that you were seeking Me? Did you not know that I 1must be 2in the things of 3aMy Father?
50 And they did anot understand the word which He spoke to them.
51 And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was 1subject to them. And His mother carefully kept all these things in her aheart.
52 And Jesus advanced in wisdom and 1stature and in the 2agrace manifested in Him before God and men.