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Matthew 2:11

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.


113 The gifts offered to Christ by the magi were gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In figure, gold signifies the divine nature; frankincense, the fragrance of resurrection; and myrrh, the fragrance of death. The offering of these gifts by the magi was undoubtedly under the inspiration of God's Spirit, to indicate the worth of Christ's divine nature and the preciousness of His resurrection and death. In the four Gospels, which are the biographies of Jesus, the things signified by these treasures are seen throughout Jesus' life. Moreover, these precious treasures offered by the magi might have provided for the Lord's journeys from Judea to Egypt and from Egypt to Nazareth.