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Matthew 2:1-23

2  And after Jesus was born at Bethlehem in Judea in the days of Herod the king, lo, magi from the East arrived in Jerusalem 2  saying “Where is the King of the Jews that has been born? for we saw his star coming up and have come to do him reverence.” 3  And at hearing it King Herod was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him; 4  and he called together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, and inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5  And they said to him “At Bethlehem in Judea; for so it is written through the prophet, 6  ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the chieftains of Judah; for out of you shall come a ruler who shall govern my people Israel.’” 7  Then Herod called the magi privately and got from them the precise time of the star’s appearing, 8  and sent them to Bethlehem and said “Go and learn the precise facts about the child, and when you find him bring word to me, so that I may come myself and do him reverence.” 9  And they listened to the king and went; and lo, the star that they had seen coming up went ahead of them till it came and stood still over where the child was; 10  and when they saw the star they were glad, and their gladness was very great. 11  And they came to the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, and prostrated themselves and did him reverence; and they opened their coffers and offered gifts to him, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12  And, it being revealed to them in a dream that they should not go back to Herod, they withdrew to their own country by another route. 13  And when they had withdrawn, lo, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and be there till I tell you; for Herod is going to be looking for the child to make away with him.” 14  And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and withdrew to Egypt, 15  and was there till Herod’s death, in order that what was said by the Lord through the prophet in the words “Out of Egypt I called my son” should be fulfilled. 16  Then Herod was greatly enraged at seeing that he had been made a fool of by the magi, and sent and took the lives of all the boys in Bethlehem and in all its territory, from two years old down, to correspond to the precise time which he had got from the magi. 17  Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah in the words 18  “A sound was heard in Ramah, weeping and much lamenting—Rachel weeping for her children and not letting herself be comforted, because they are not” was fulfilled. 19  And after Herod’s death, lo, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in Egypt in a dream, 20  saying “Rise, 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  And he rose, took the child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22  But, hearing that Archelaus was king of Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and, a revelation being made to him in a dream, he withdrew to the parts of Galilee, 23  and came and settled in a city called Nazareth, so that what was said through the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene,” should be fulfilled.

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