Matthew 2:19-23

The Return to Nazareth

19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20 saying, "Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for 1those who sought the child's life are dead."
21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to 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, and 2being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee.
23 And he went and lived in a city called 3Nazareth, 4that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled: "He shall be called a Nazarene."

Matthew 2:19-23 In-Context

17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
18 "A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more."
19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20 saying, "Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child's life are dead."
21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to 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, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee.
23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled: "He shall be called a Nazarene."

Cross References 4

  • 1. [Exodus 4:19]
  • 2. See ver. 12
  • 3. Matthew 4:13; Mark 1:9; Luke 1:26; Luke 2:39; Luke 4:16; John 1:45
  • 4. See Matthew 1:22
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