Matthew 2:16-23 (New American Standard)

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Herod Slaughters Babies

16 Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by 1the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and 2slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi. 17 Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: 18 "3A VOICE WAS HEARD IN RAMAH, WEEPING AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN; AND SHE REFUSED TO BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY WERE NO MORE." 19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord 4appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said, 20 "Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child's life are dead." 21 So aJoseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Then after being 5warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee, 23 and came and lived in a city called 6Nazareth. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: "He shall be called a 7Nazarene."
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