@Rene-C said in Luke 2:19:
What does the conjunction ‘but’ indicate in this verse? Is is a contrast to the wonder of the people in v.18? What is Luke drawing attention to in the contrast between the people’s response and Mary’s? And when praising this passage, how do v.18 and v.19 relate?
It seems that “but” is contrasting Mary with the people’s wonder in verse 18.
But it’s not clear why Luke is drawing attention to this contrast. I would suggest that perhaps Mary’s knowledge went deeper. Luke might also be comparing Mary to those who those who marvelled at the events surrounding John the Baptist’s birth (Luke 1;66), and to Jacob who pondered the dreams of Joseph (Gen 37:11).