Luke 2:45

45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.

Read Luke 2:45 Using Other Translations

And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him.
When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there.

What does Luke 2:45 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 2:45

And when they found him not
In the company that came from Jerusalem with them, nor among any of their relations and friends, with whom they supposed he was:

they turned back again to Jerusalem,
that is, the next morning, for it can hardly be thought they would set out that night, after they had travelled all day, without taking some repose:

seeking him;
at Jerusalem, in the streets and broad places of it; a figure of the church and ordinances, where souls look for, and inquire after their beloved, when they have lost him, ( Song of Solomon 3:1-3 ) .

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