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21 And the one, having arisen, took the Child and His mother and entered into the land of Israel. 22 But having heard that Archelaus[a] was king of Judea in place of his father Herod, he feared to go there. And having been warned in a dream, he withdrew into the regions of Galilee. 23 And having come, he dwelled in a city being called Nazareth— so that the thing having been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, because[b] He will be called a Nazarene.

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  1. Matthew 2:22 This son of Herod the Great ruled part of his father’s kingdom from 4 b.c. until a.d. 6, when the Romans deposed him.
  2. Matthew 2:23 Matthew may be referring to the prophets who say Messiah will be despised and lowly. He sees this as partially fulfilled in that Jesus is called a Nazarene. Or, ‘that’, if what follows is a summary quote to this effect.

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