Matthew 2 Young’s Literal Translation

The Visit of the Wise Men

2 1 And Jesus having been born in Beth-Lehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, lo, mages from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, 'Where is he who was born king of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and we came to bow to him.' 3 And Herod the king having heard, was stirred, and all Jerusalem with him, 4 and having gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he was inquiring from them where the Christ is born. 5 And they said to him, 'In Beth-Lehem of Judea, for thus it hath been written through the prophet, 6 And thou, Beth-Lehem, the land of Judah, thou art by no means the least among the leaders of Judah, for out of thee shall come one leading, who shall feed My people Israel.' 7 Then Herod, privately having called the mages, did inquire exactly from them the time of the appearing star, 8 and having sent them to Beth-Lehem, he said, 'Having gone—inquire ye exactly for the child, and whenever ye may have found, bring me back word, that I also having come may bow to him.'

9 And they, having heard the king, departed, and lo, the star, that they did see in the east, did go before them, till, having come, it stood over where the child was. 10 And having seen the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy, 11 and having come to the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and having fallen down they bowed to him, and having opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh, 12 and having been divinely warned in a dream not to turn back unto Herod, through another way they withdrew to their own region.

The Slaying of the Infants

13 And on their having withdrawn, lo, a messenger of the Lord doth appear in a dream to Joseph, saying, 'Having risen, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and be thou there till I may speak to thee, for Herod is about to seek the child to destroy him.' 14 And he, having risen, took the child and his mother by night, and withdrew to Egypt, 15 and he was there till the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled that was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, 'Out of Egypt I did call My Son.'

16 Then Herod, having seen that he was deceived by the mages, was very wroth, and having sent forth, he slew all the male children in Beth-Lehem, and in all its borders, from two years and under, according to the time that he inquired exactly from the mages. 17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, 18 'A voice in Ramah was heard—lamentation and weeping and much mourning—Rachel weeping 'for' her children, and she would not be comforted because they are not.'

19 And Herod having died, lo, a messenger of the Lord in a dream doth appear to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, 'Having risen, take the child and his mother, and be going to the land of Israel, for they have died—those seeking the life of the child.' 21 And he, having risen, took the child and his mother, and came to the land of Israel, 22 and having heard that Archelaus doth reign over Judea instead of Herod his father, he was afraid to go thither, and having been divinely warned in a dream, he withdrew to the parts of Galilee, 23 and coming, he dwelt in a city named Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through the prophets, that 'A Nazarene he shall be called.'

Luke 2:39-52 Young’s Literal Translation

The Return to Nazareth

39 And when they finished all things, according to the Law of the Lord, they turned back to Galilee, to their city Nazareth; 40 and the child grew and was strengthened in spirit, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

41 And his parents were going yearly to Jerusalem, at the feast of the passover, 42 and when he became twelve years old, they having gone up to Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast, 43 and having finished the days, in their returning the child Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, and Joseph and his mother did not know, 44 and, having supposed him to be in the company, they went a day's journey, and were seeking him among the kindred and among the acquaintances, 45 and not having found him, they turned back to Jerusalem seeking him. 46 And it came to pass, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both hearing them and questioning them, 47 and all those hearing him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And, having seen him, they were amazed, and his mother said unto him, 'Child, why didst thou thus to us? lo, thy father and I, sorrowing, were seeking thee.' 49 And he said unto them, 'Why 'is it' that ye were seeking me? did ye not know that in the things of my Father it behoveth me to be?' 50 and they did not understand the saying that he spake to them, 51 and he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and he was subject to them, and his mother was keeping all these sayings in her heart, 52 and Jesus was advancing in wisdom, and in stature, and in favour with God and men.

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