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44Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends.

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44. sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances—On these sacred journeys, whole villages and districts travelled in groups together, partly for protection, partly for company; and as the well-disposed would beguile the tediousness of the way by good discourse, to which the child Jesus would be no silent listener, they expect to find Him in such a group.




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