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Version 0.94.1, 30 December 2022

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Matthew Chapter 2

1Now after Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judaea, in the days of Herod the king, it so happened that magi from the east came to Jerusalem, 2and they said, “Where is the king of the Jews who has just been born? For we have seen his star in the east, and we have come to worship him.” 3But when Herod the king heard of it, he was disturbed, as was all of Jerusalem with him, 4and when he had gathered all the senior priests and scribes of the people, he inquired from them where Christ was to be born. 5So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judaea. For it has been written as follows by the prophet:

6‘And you, Bethlehem, of the land of Judah,

Are by no means the least among the governmental towns of Judah,

For from you will come a governor

Who will be shepherd to my people Israel.’ ”

7Then Herod called the magi privately and assiduously inquired from them the time when the star appeared, 8and he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make careful inquiries about the child, and when you find him, report back to me so that I too may go and worship him.” 9So when they had heard the king, they went, and they saw that the star which they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it had arrived, when it remained above the place where the child was. 10Indeed, when they saw the star, they rejoiced with very great joy, 11and when they had come to the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him, and they opened their treasure chests and offered him gifts: gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12Then having been oracularly warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their country by another route. 13When they had gone back, this happened: the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph and said, “Get up and take the child and his mother with you, and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod intends to seek the child in order to destroy him.” 14So he got up and took the child and his mother with him by night, and he withdrew to Egypt, 15and he stayed there until the death of Herod, in order that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, when he said, “I have called my son out of Egypt.16Then when Herod saw that he had been fooled by the magi, he became very angry, and he sent troops, and he had all the children in Bethlehem and in all its districts killed, from two years and under, according to the time which he had assiduously inquired about from the magi. 17Then that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, where he says,

18“A cry was heard in Ramah

– Lamentation and weeping and much mourning –

Rachel weeping for her children,

And she refused to be comforted,

For they were no more.”

19But when Herod had died, this is what happened: the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20and said, “Get up and take the child and his mother with you and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the life of the child have died.” 21So he got up and took the child and his mother with him and went to the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judaea in place of Herod his father, he was afraid to set off back there, but after he had been oracularly informed in a dream, he went back to the regions of Galilee, 23and when he arrived, he settled in a town called Nazareth, in order that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he should be called a Nazarene.

Reference(s) in Chapter 2: v.6 ↔ Micah 5:1MT (Micah 5:2AV) ● v.15 ↔ Hosea 11:1 ● v.18 ↔ Jeremiah 31:15 ● v.23 ↔ Isaiah 11:1.

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