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Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:1 - Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[fn] from the east came to Jerusalem,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:2 - saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose[fn] and have come to worship him.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:3 - When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:4 - and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:5 - They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:6 - “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:7 - Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:8 - And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:9 - After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:10 - When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:11 - And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:12 - And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:13 - Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:14 - And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:15 - and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:16 - Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:17 - Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:18 - “A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:19 - But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:20 - saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:21 - And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:22 - But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee.

Unchecked Copy BoxMat 2:23 - And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.
ESV Footnotes
Greek magi; also verses 7, 16
Or in the east; also verse 9

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