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Matthew 2:7-17 (New American Standard)

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7 Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them athe exact time 1the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him." 9 After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 After coming into the house they saw the Child with 2Mary His mother; and they bfell to the ground and 3worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been 4warned by God 5in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

The Flight to Egypt

13 Now when they had gone, behold, an 6angel of the Lord 7appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him." 14 So cJoseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. 15 He dremained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "8OUT OF EGYPT I CALLED 9MY SON."

Herod Slaughters Babies

16 Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by 10the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and 11slew 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:
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