In the company (en th sunodiai). The caravan going together on the road or way (sun, odo), a journey in company, then by metonymy the company itself. A common Greek word (Plutarch, Strabo, etc.). The women usually went ahead and the men followed. Joseph may have thought Jesus was with Mary and Mary that he was with Joseph. "The Nazareth caravan was so long that it took a whole day to look through it" (Plummer). They sought for him (anezhtoun auton). Imperfect active. Common Greek verb. Note force of ana. They searched up and down, back and forth, a thorough search and prolonged, but in vain.