C. His Youth and Growth -- Called a Nazarene
1. Sought and Worshipped by the Gentile Magi
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
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.