The Massacre of the Innocents

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been outwitted by the wise men, flew into a rage. He gave orders to massacre all the male children in and around Bethlehem who were two years[a] old and under, in keeping with the time he had learned from the wise men.(A) 17 Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:

18 A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping,[b] and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children;
and she refused to be consoled,
because they were no more.(B)[c]

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  1. Matthew 2:16 Lit were from two years
  2. Matthew 2:18 Other mss read Ramah, lamentation, and weeping,
  3. Matthew 2:18 Jr 31:15