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Matthew 2 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Visit of the Wise Men

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men[a] from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising,[b] and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah[c] was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who is to shepherd[d] my people Israel.’”

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men[e] and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising,[f] until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped,[g] they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

The Escape to Egypt

13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 Then Joseph[h] got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”

The Massacre of the Infants

16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men,[i] he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men.[j] 17 Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
    wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
    she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”

The Return from Egypt

19 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, 20 “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.” 21 Then Joseph[k] got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. 23 There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, “He will be called a Nazorean.”

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 2:1 Or astrologers; Gk magi
  2. Matthew 2:2 Or in the East
  3. Matthew 2:4 Or the Christ
  4. Matthew 2:6 Or rule
  5. Matthew 2:7 Or astrologers; Gk magi
  6. Matthew 2:9 Or in the East
  7. Matthew 2:10 Gk saw the star
  8. Matthew 2:14 Gk he
  9. Matthew 2:16 Or astrologers; Gk magi
  10. Matthew 2:16 Or astrologers; Gk magi
  11. Matthew 2:21 Gk he
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Mateus 2 Almeida Revista e Corrigida 2009 (ARC)

Os magos do Oriente

E, tendo nascido Jesus em Belém da Judeia, no tempo do rei Herodes, eis que uns magos vieram do Oriente a Jerusalém, e perguntaram: Onde está aquele que é nascido rei dos judeus? Porque vimos a sua estrela no Oriente e viemos a adorá-lo. E o rei Herodes, ouvindo isso, perturbou-se, e toda a Jerusalém, com ele. E, congregados todos os príncipes dos sacerdotes e os escribas do povo, perguntou-lhes onde havia de nascer o Cristo. E eles lhe disseram: Em Belém da Judeia, porque assim está escrito pelo profeta: E tu, Belém, terra de Judá, de modo nenhum és a menor entre as capitais de Judá, porque de ti sairá o Guia que há de apascentar o meu povo de Israel. Então, Herodes, chamando secretamente os magos, inquiriu exatamente deles acerca do tempo em que a estrela lhes aparecera. E, enviando-os a Belém, disse: Ide, e perguntai diligentemente pelo menino, e, quando o achardes, participai-mo, para que também eu vá e o adore. E, tendo eles ouvido o rei, partiram; e eis que a estrela que tinham visto no Oriente ia adiante deles, até que, chegando, se deteve sobre o lugar onde estava o menino. 10 E, vendo eles a estrela, alegraram-se muito com grande júbilo. 11 E, entrando na casa, acharam o menino com Maria, sua mãe, e, prostrando-se, o adoraram; e, abrindo os seus tesouros, lhe ofertaram dádivas: ouro, incenso e mirra. 12 E, sendo por divina revelação avisados em sonhos para que não voltassem para junto de Herodes, partiram para a sua terra por outro caminho.

A fuga para o Egito. A matança dos inocentes

13 E, tendo-se eles retirado, eis que o anjo do Senhor apareceu a José em sonhos, dizendo: Levanta-te, e toma o menino e sua mãe, e foge para o Egito, e demora-te lá até que eu te diga, porque Herodes há de procurar o menino para o matar. 14 E, levantando-se ele, tomou o menino e sua mãe, de noite, e foi para o Egito. 15 E esteve lá até à morte de Herodes, para que se cumprisse o que foi dito da parte do Senhor pelo profeta, que diz: Do Egito chamei o meu Filho.

16 Então, Herodes, vendo que tinha sido iludido pelos magos, irritou-se muito e mandou matar todos os meninos que havia em Belém e em todos os seus contornos, de dois anos para baixo, segundo o tempo que diligentemente inquirira dos magos. 17 Então, se cumpriu o que foi dito pelo profeta Jeremias, que diz: 18 Em Ramá se ouviu uma voz, lamentação, choro e grande pranto; era Raquel chorando os seus filhos e não querendo ser consolada, porque não existiam.

A volta do Egito

19 Morto, porém, Herodes, eis que o anjo do Senhor apareceu, num sonho, a José, no Egito, 20 dizendo: Levanta-te, e toma o menino e sua mãe, e vai para a terra de Israel, porque estão mortos os que procuravam a morte do menino. 21 Então, ele se levantou, e tomou o menino e sua mãe, e foi para a terra de Israel. 22 E, ouvindo que Arquelau reinava na Judeia em lugar de Herodes, seu pai, receou ir para lá; mas, avisado em sonhos por divina revelação, foi para as regiões da Galileia. 23 E chegou e habitou numa cidade chamada Nazaré, para que se cumprisse o que fora dito pelos profetas: Ele será chamado Nazareno.

Almeida Revista e Corrigida 2009 (ARC)

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