Matthew 2

1 Now when Yeshua was born in Beit-Lechem of Yehudah in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Yerushalayim, saying,
2 "Where is he who is born King of the Yehudim? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him."
3 When Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Yerushalayim with him.
4 Gathering together all the chief Kohanim and Sofrim of the people, he asked them where the Messiah would be born.
5 They said to him, "In Beit-Lechem of Yehudah, for thus it is written through the prophet,
6 'You Beit-Lechem, land of Yehudah, Are in no way least among the princes of Yehudah: For out of you shall come forth a governor, Who shall shepherd my people, Yisra'el.'"
7 Then Herod secretly called the wise men, and learned from them exactly what time the star appeared.
8 He sent them to Beit-Lechem, and said, "Go and search diligently for the young child. When you have found him, bring me word, so that I also may come and worship him."
9 They, having heard the king, went their way; and behold, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
11 They came into the house and saw the young child with Miryam, his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 Being warned in a dream that they shouldn't return to Herod, they went back to their own country another way.
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Yosef in a dream, saying, "Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Mitzrayim, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him."
14 He arose and took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Mitzrayim,
15 and was there until the death of Herod; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Mitzrayim I called my son."
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked by the wise men, was exceedingly angry, and sent out, and killed all the male children who were in Beit-Lechem and in all the surrounding countryside, from two years old and under, according to the exact time which he had learned from the wise men.
17 Then that which was spoken by Yirmeyahu the prophet was fulfilled, saying,
18 "A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; She wouldn't be comforted, Because they are no more."
19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Yosef in Mitzrayim, saying,
20 "Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into Eretz-Yisra'el, for those who sought the young child's life are dead."
21 He arose and took the young child and his mother, and came into Eretz-Yisra'el.
22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Yehudah in the place of his father, Herod, he was afraid to go there. Being warned in a dream, he withdrew into the region of the Galil,
23 and came and lived in a city called Natzeret; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets: "He will be called a Natzri."

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