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Matthew 2:14-15 The Voice (VOICE)

14 So Joseph got up in the middle of the night; he bundled up Mary and Jesus, and they left for Egypt.[a]

16 After a few months had passed, Herod realized he’d been tricked. The wise men were not coming back. Herod, of course, was furious. He simply ordered that all boys who lived in or near Bethlehem and were two years of age and younger be killed. He knew the baby King was this age because of what the wise men told him.

Herod knows ordinary babies will die in this purge, but he doesn’t care—Herod is not so much cold-blooded as pragmatic, willing to do whatever is necessary to kill this new supposed King. And so all those other baby boys die. But, of course, Herod’s plan ultimately fails. He doesn’t know the baby Savior has been whisked to safety in Egypt.

17 This sad event had long been foretold by the prophet Jeremiah:

18 A voice will be heard in Ramah,
    weeping and wailing and mourning out loud all day and night.
The voice is Rachel’s, weeping for her children,
    her children who have been killed;
    she weeps, and she will not be comforted.[b]

15 Joseph, Mary, and Jesus stayed in Egypt until Herod died. This fulfilled yet another prophecy. The prophet Hosea once wrote, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

Footnotes:

  1. 2:14 Verse 15 has been moved to follow verse 18 to help the reader understand the continuity of the passage.
  2. 2:18 Jeremiah 31:15
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