Matthew 2 (Lexham English Bible)

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Wise Men Visit Jesus

1 Now [after]a Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star at its risingb and have come to worship him." 3 And [when]c King Herod heard [it],d he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him, 4 and [after]e calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired from them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 'And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for from you will go out a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'"f 7 Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men [and]g determined precisely from them the time [when]h the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem [and]i said, "Go, inquire carefully concerning the child, and when you have found [him], report to me so that I also may come [and]j worship him." 9 [After]k they listened to the king, they went out, and behold, the star which they had seen at its risingl led them until it came [and]m stood above [the place] where the child was. 10 Now [when they]n saw the star, they rejoiced [with] very great joy. 11 And [when they]o came into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down [and]p worshiped him. And opening their treasure boxes, they offered him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their [own] country by another route.

Joseph, Mary, and Jesus Escape to Egypt

13 Now [after] they had gone away, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph, saying, "Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to seek the child to destroy him." 14 So he got up [and]q took the child and his mother during the night and went away to Egypt. 15 And he was there until the death of Herod, in order that what was said by the Lord through the prophet would be fulfilled, saying, "Out of Egypt I called my son."

Herod Has Innocent Children Murdered

16 Then Herod, [when he]r saw that he had been deceived by the wise men, became very angry, and he sent [soldiers]s [and]t executed all the children in Bethlehem and in all the region [around] it from [the age of] two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined precisely from the wise men. 17 Then what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled, saying, 18 "A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping [for] her children, and she did not want to be comforted, because {they exist no longer}u."v

Joseph, Mary, and Jesus Return to Nazareth

19 Now [after]w Herod had died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the life of the child are dead." 21 So he got up [and]x took the child and his mother and {entered}y the land of Israel. 22 But [when he]z heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream, he took refuge in the regions of Galilee. 23 And he came [and]aa lived in a town called Nazareth, in order that what was said by the prophets would be fulfilled:bb "He will be called a Nazarene."
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