Matthew 2:1-7 NLT

1 Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men a from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,

References for Matthew 2:1

    • i 2:1 - Or <I>royal astrologers;</I> Greek reads <I>magi;</I> also in 2:7, 16.
      2 "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We have seen his star as it arose, b and we have come to worship him."

      References for Matthew 2:2

        • j 2:2 - Or <I>in the east.</I>
          3 Herod was deeply disturbed by their question, as was all of Jerusalem.
          4 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.
          5 "In Bethlehem," they said, "for this is what the prophet wrote:
          6 '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.' c "

          References for Matthew 2:6

            • k 2:6 - Mic 5:2; 2 Sam 5:2.
              7 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.