1Now after Jesus was 1born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of 2Herod the king, amagi from the eastarrived in Jerusalem, saying,
2"Where is He who has been born3King of the Jews? For we saw4His star in the east and have come to worship Him."
When Herod the kingheard this, he was troubled, and allJerusalem with him.
4Gatheringtogetherall the chiefpriests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the bMessiah was to be born.
They said to him, "5In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been writtencby the prophet:
'6AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH, ARE BY NOMEANSLEASTAMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH; FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COMEFORTH A RULERWHO WILL 7SHEPHERD MY PEOPLEISRAEL.' "
7ThenHerodsecretlycalled the magi and determined from them dthe exacttime8the starappeared.
And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and searchcarefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him."
9Afterhearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stoodover the place where the Child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoicedexceedingly with greatjoy.