Matthew 2:11

“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when they were come into the house, they saw the yong child with Mary his mother, and fell downe, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented vnto him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrhe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they came into the house, and saw the young child with Mary, his mother; and falling down on their faces they gave him worship; and from their store they gave him offerings of gold, perfume, and spices.
- Basic English Bible

And having come into the house they saw the little child with Mary his mother, and falling down did him homage. And having opened their treasures, they offered to him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
- Darby Bible

And when they had come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
- Webster's Bible

So they entered the house; and when they saw the babe with His mother Mary, they prostrated themselves and did Him homage, and opening their treasure-chests offered gifts to Him--gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
- Weymouth Bible

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.
- World English Bible

And thei entriden in to the hous, and founden the child with Marie, his modir; and thei felden doun, and worschipiden him. And whanne thei hadden openyd her tresouris, thei offryden to hym yiftis, gold, encense, and myrre.
- Wycliffe Bible

and having come to the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and having fallen down they bowed to him, and having opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 2:11


2:11 They presented to him gifts - It was customary to offer some present to any eminent person whom they visited. And so it is, as travellers observe, in the eastern countries to this day. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh - Probably these were the best things their country afforded; and the presents ordinarily made to great persons. This was a most seasonable, providential assistance for a long and expensive journey into Egypt, a country where they were entirely strangers, and were to stay for a considerable time.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 2:11


Mt 2:11 And when they were come into the house. Not, probably, the stable where the Lord was born, but a temporary home obtained after the crowd had left Jerusalem. Many suppose that Joseph and Mary remained at Bethlehem until the forty days of purification were passed; that the young child was presented in the temple as recorded in Lu 2:22 that then they returned to Bethlehem; were visited shortly after by the wise man, and thence fled into Egypt. If this is correct, the young child must have been six or seven weeks old at the time of the visit. With Mary his mother. The child was probably in the mother's arms. They fell down and worshipped him. Observe that no adoration is offered his mother. When they had opened their treasures. They had brought these all the way from the East as an offering. They offer to him gifts such as were offered to kings by ambassadors or vassals. Gold. A usual offering to kings. Frankincense. A costly and fragrant gum distilled from a tree in India and Arabia. Myrrh. An aromatic gum produced from a thorn-bush that grew in Arabia and Ethiopia. The providence of God is seen in these gifts. It provided the means necessary for the flight to Egypt that was to follow at once, and to sustain the holy family in a foreign land.

Discussion for Matthew 2

  • BSP
    Verse 13 and 14: We see that Jehovah God urged Joseph and Mary to take precautions to protect the life of Jesus. God wants parents today to take precaution to protect their children from danger.
  • Mark Diffin
    I love this chapter. First Matthew in v15 quotes half of a verse from Hosea 11:1 since the whole verse would show Hosea is speak of the Israel nation. 2nd in v18 he quote Jeremiah, who is talking of Rachel mourning her children going into exile and not of babies being killed. And to top it off in v23 he quotes a prophesy that does not exist! Thanks Matthew, you have destroyed all your credibility!
  • Donna Cromb
    3; and Herod was upset and all Jerusalem with him. Why? I can see why Herod didn't want a new king to replace him, but why would the rest of the big city be upset? It was odd too that the scribes and Pharisees didn't know, but the wise men in another country did. Maybe they were the others upset, they didn't know He was coming?
  • Insight777
    God knows what is in the heart, thoughts of people from birth to death. God knows what people are going to do before they do it. God knows before they chose what they will chose. God said Satan has angels. Understand Satan will present himself as an angel of light. Satan will say he is the light! Satan plotted to kill Jesus before his ministry and used these 3 men as scouts. Gods angel intervened.
  • A disciple
    Insight; You think that "God would never do that!" But it wasn't God that made Herod be evil. Also as far as God's guidance; we shouldn't think that God wants us to not think and act for ourselves. He has often and many times SENT His servants to speak to those who would respond with hatred, hostility and violence; and He has reasons for everything He directs in the world, even among His enemies.
  • Insight777
    If God Father of Jesus guided the "wise" men they would never have gone to Herod. God would never plan to put his infant son in danger nor plot the death of so many innocent babies so that his son could have perfume and gold. Money is the root of evil. Myrrh is used for embalming Jesus. The word wise is misleading, calling Jesus, King of the Jews not Son of God. Jesus did not rule Israel as king.

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