Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard it, he was troubled… and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked them where the Christ would be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is written through the prophet, ‘You Bethlehem, land of Judah are in no way least among the princes of Judah… for out of you shall come a governor who shall shepherd my people, Israel.’”
Then Herod secretly called the wise men and learned from them exactly what time the star appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem, 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.” 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. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
They came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Being warned in a dream that they shouldn’t return to Herod, they went back to their own country another way.
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt… and stay there until I tell you – for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.”
He arose and took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt 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 Egypt I called my son.”
Source Text Prioritization:
- Matthew 2:1-15