Matthew 2:7

7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.

Read Matthew 2:7 Using Other Translations

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.
Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared.

What does Matthew 2:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 2:7

Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men
As soon as he had got the intelligence of the place of the Messiah's birth, he called, or ordered the wise men to be brought into his presence, and that in a very private manner; lest the Jews, who knew his hypocrisy and deceit, should perceive his views, and enter into his designs, and so give the wise men some instructions, which would be prejudicial to the scheme he was forming in his own mind to destroy the young king; and having called them to him, he

inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
He took a good deal of pains in examining them, he sifted them, and inquired of them with much accuracy, and exactness, the precise time of the star's appearing to them, how long ago it was when it was first observed by them; that hereby he might exactly know the age of Christ, and the better execute the bloody design he had formed, should the wise men disappoint him; and the better detect an impostor, should another afterwards arise, and set up himself for the king of the Jews.

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