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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
MATTHEW

CHAPTER 2

C. His Youth and Growth -- Called a Nazarene
2:1-23

1. Sought and Worshipped by the Gentile Magi
vv.1-12


1 Now after Jesus was aborn in 1bBethlehem of Judea in the days of cHerod the king, behold, dmagi from the eeast arrived in Jerusalem,

2 Saying, Where is He who has been born 1aKing of the Jews? For we saw His 2bstar at its rising and have come to cworship Him.

3 And when Herod the king heard this, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him.

4 And gathering together all the chief 1apriests and bscribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

5 And they said to him, In aBethlehem of Judea, for so it is written through the prophet:

6 a"And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, by no means are you the least among the 1princes of Judah; for out of you shall come forth a bRuler, One who will cshepherd My people Israel.''


2. Envied by Herod the King
vv.7-8


7 Then Herod, secretly calling the magi, determined accurately from them the time that the star appeared.

8 And sending them to Bethlehem, he said, Go and find out accurately about the child. And when you find Him, report to me, so that I also may come and worship Him.

9 And after they heard the king, they went their way, and behold, the 1astar which they saw at its rising led them until it came and stood over the place where the child was.

10 And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

11 And they came into the 1house and saw the achild with bMary His mother. And falling down, they 2worshipped Him; and opening their treasures, they offered 3cgifts to Him, dgold and efrankincense and fmyrrh.

12 And because they had been divinely instructed in a adream not to 1return to Herod, they departed by 2another way to their country.


3. Fleeing to Egypt
vv.13-15


13 Now when they had departed, behold, an aangel of the Lord appeared in a bdream to Joseph, saying, Arise, take the child and His mother and flee into cEgypt, and stay there until I tell you; for Herod is going to seek the child to destroy Him.

14 And he arose and took the child and His mother by night and departed into Egypt,

15 And was there until the death of Herod, in order that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be 1afulfilled, saying, b"Out of Egypt I called My 2cSon.''


4. Sought by Herod the King for Destruction
vv.16-18


16 Then Herod, seeing that he had been mocked by the magi, became greatly enraged, and sending out men, he 1did away with all the boys who were in Bethlehem and in all its borders from two years old and under, according to the time that he had accurately determined from the magi.

17 At that time what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was afulfilled, saying,

18 a"A voice in Ramah was heard, weeping and great lamentation: 1Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted, because they are no more.''


5. Returning to Dwell in Nazareth
vv.19-23

19 And when Herod had died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a adream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying, Arise, take the child and His mother and go into the land of Israel, for those who seek the 1life of the child have adied.

21 And he arose and took the child and His mother and entered into the land of Israel.

22 But because he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there; and having been divinely instructed in a adream, he departed into the regions of 1bGalilee.

23 And he came and settled in a city called 1aNazareth, so that what was spoken through the 2prophets might be bfulfilled, He shall be called a 3Nazarene.