Luke 2:40

40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

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Luke 2:40 in Other Translations

KJV
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
ESV
40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.
NLT
40 There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him.
MSG
40 There the child grew strong in body and wise in spirit. And the grace of God was on him. They Found Him in the Temple
CSB
40 The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God's grace was on Him.

Luke 2:40 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 2:40

And the child grew
In body, in strength, and in stature; which shows that it was a true body Christ assumed, and like ours, which did not come to its maturity at once, but by degrees:

and waxed strong in spirit,
or in his soul; for as he had a true body, he had also a reasonable soul; the faculties of which were far from being weak, they were exceeding strong, and appeared stronger and stronger every day; his understanding was clear, his judgment solid, and his memory strong and retentive, his will, and the desires of it, were to that which is good, and his affections cleaved unto it. The Persic and Ethiopic versions read, "was strengthened in", or "by the Holy Spirit"; with the grace and gifts of it; but the former sense is best.

Filled with wisdom;
and knowledge as man; for this is to be understood, not of his essential wisdom as God, nor of those treasures of wisdom and knowledge, which were hid in him as mediator, to be dispensed to his church; but of his created and natural wisdom, as man; in which he increased gradually, as his body grew, and the faculties of his soul opened under the influences of his deity, and the power of his Spirit;

and the grace of God was upon him;
which designs not the fulness of grace that was in him, as mediator, for the supply of his people: but either that internal grace which was bestowed on his human nature, even the various graces of the Spirit of God, and which flowed from the grace of union of the two natures in him; or rather the love and favour of God, which in various instances was in a very singular manner manifested to him.

Luke 2:40 In-Context

38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.
42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 52; Luke 1:80
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