Matthew 2 New American Standard Bible

The Visit of the Wise Men

2 1  Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king , magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem , saying , 2  "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews ? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him." 3  When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled , and all Jerusalem with him. 4  Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people , he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born . 5  They said to him, " In Bethlehem of Judea ; for this is what has been written by the prophet : 6  ' AND YOU, BETHLEHEM , LAND OF JUDAH , ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH ; FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER WHO WILL SHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL .' " 7  Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared . 8  And he sent them to Bethlehem and said , "Go and search carefully for the Child ; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him."

9  After hearing the king , they went their way ; and the star , which they had seen in the east , went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. 10  When they saw the star , they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy . 11  After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother ; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then , opening their treasures , they presented to Him gifts of gold , frankincense , and myrrh . 12  And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod , the magi left for their own country by another way .

The Slaying of the Infants

13  Now when they had gone , behold , an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said , "Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt , and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him." 14  So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night , and left for Egypt . 15  He remained there until the death of Herod . This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet : " OUT OF EGYPT I CALLED MY SON ."

16  Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi , he became very enraged , and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity , from two years old and under , according to the time which he had determined from the magi . 17  Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled : 18  " A VOICE WAS HEARD IN RAMAH , WEEPING AND GREAT MOURNING , RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN ; AND SHE REFUSED e TO BE COMFORTED , BECAUSE THEY WERE NO MORE."

19  But when Herod died , behold , an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt , and said , 20  "Get up, take the Child and His mother , and go into the land of Israel ; for those who sought the Child's life are dead ." 21  So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother , and came into the land of Israel . 22  But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod , he was afraid to go there . Then after being warned by God in a dream , he left for the regions of Galilee , 23  and came and lived in a city called Nazareth . This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets : "He shall be called a Nazarene ."

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