Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,
References for Matthew 2:1
"Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We have seen his star as it arose, and we have come to worship him."
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Herod was deeply disturbed by their question, as was all of Jerusalem.
He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law. "Where did the prophets say the Messiah would be born?" he asked them.
"In Bethlehem," they said, "for this is what the prophet wrote:
'O Bethlehem of Judah, you are not just a lowly village in Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.' "
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Then Herod sent a private message to the wise men, asking them to come see him. At this meeting he learned the exact time when they first saw the star.