The Visit of the Magi

Now after Jesus was (A)born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of (B)Herod the king, [a]magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born (C)King of the Jews? For we saw (D)His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the [b]Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “(E)In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written [c]by the prophet:

(F)And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
Are by no means least among the leaders of Judah;
For out of you shall come forth a Ruler
Who will (G)shepherd My people Israel.’”

Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them [d]the exact time (H)the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 2:1 A caste of wise men specializing in astronomy, astrology, and natural science
  2. Matthew 2:4 Gr Christos (Christ)
  3. Matthew 2:5 Or through
  4. Matthew 2:7 Lit the time of the appearing star