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Matthew 2:4-6 King James Version (KJV)

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Matthew 2:4-6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

So he called together all the chief priests and learned men (scribes) of the people and [a]anxiously asked them where the Christ was to be born.

They replied to him, In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are not in any way least or insignificant among the [b]chief cities of Judah; for from you shall come a Ruler ([c]Leader) Who will govern and [d]shepherd My people Israel.


  1. Matthew 2:4 Charles B. Williams, The New Testament: A Translation in the Language of the People.
  2. Matthew 2:6 Joseph Henry Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.
  3. Matthew 2:6 James Hope Moulton and George Milligan, The Vocabulary of the Greek Testament.
  4. Matthew 2:6 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.
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Matthew 2:4-6 Living Bible (TLB)

He called a meeting of the Jewish religious leaders.

“Did the prophets tell us where the Messiah would be born?” he asked.

“Yes, in Bethlehem,” they said, “for this is what the prophet Micah[a] wrote:

‘O little town of Bethlehem, you are not just an unimportant Judean village, for a Governor shall rise from you to rule my people Israel.’”


  1. Matthew 2:5 Micah, implied; see Micah 5:2.
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The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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