Matthew 2:2

“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Saying, Where is he that is borne King of the Iewes? for we haue seene his Starre in the East, and are come to worship him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Saying, Where is the King of the Jews whose birth has now taken place? We have seen his star in the east and have come to give him worship.
- Basic English Bible

Where is the king of the Jews that has been born? for we have seen his star in the east, and have come to do him homage.
- Darby Bible

Saying, Where is he that is born king of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and have come to worship him.
- Webster's Bible

inquiring, "Where is the newly born king of the Jews? For we have seen his Star in the east, and have come here to do him homage."
- Weymouth Bible

Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.
- World English Bible

and seiden, Where is he, that is borun king of Jewis? for we han seyn his sterre in the eest, and we comen to worschipe him.
- Wycliffe Bible

saying, `Where is he who was born king of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and we came to bow to him.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 2:2


2:2 To do him homage - To pay him that honour, by bowing to the earth before him, which the eastern nations used to pay to their monarchs.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 2:2


Mt 2:2 Where is he that is born King of the Jews? Their question shows two things: (1) That they partook of the general expectation that about this time there would appear in the East a Ruler divinely appointed to his mission. The works of profane writers of this period show that this expectation was general. (2) It is plain that the wise men misapprehended the mission of Christ, and expected him to be a secular king. We have seen his star in the east. No certain conclusion can be reached as to what this appearance in the heavens was, and it is useless to enter into the discussion. It seemed a part of God's plan that Gentiles as well as Jews should offer homage to the infant King.

Discussion for Matthew 2

  • Deborah
    Jesus was destined to save life, even when Herod sought to kill him, he was divinely protected by God. That's how God protects us, nothing can caught short our lives until our destines are fulfilled on earth. Let's all have these faith and never be afraid of pre-mature death no matter the challenges we are facing.
  • A disciple
    "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came Magi (Persian Astrologers) from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." God brings about His plans if His people are ready, or not; and He rules over ALL! "And the Gentiles shall come to thy light.."
  • Chris S .
    Nothing new under the sun
  • Jeff Berry
    Mark Diffin, thankfully Matthews credibility is fully intact. It is commonly accepted that many of the OT prophecies have dual meanings (what some refer to as "telescoping prophecies"). Matthews comment in v 23 has been a little more troubling for some but not many. Matthew may have been referring in some way to the OT Nazarite vow. A Nazarene or one that has vowed a Nazarite vow. Blessings!
  • A disciple
    Yvonne; The Lord DOES want us to know all things and to fully understand His plans. How do we believe in something if we don't understand it? The Bible is a big Book full of knowledge and understanding and everything we need to learn from Him about life, the world, and all we are set to encounter until we're finished with this present existence. The Bible is full of Spirit-inspired prayers for us.
  • Yvonne
    I feel that who are we to try to address Gods plan. We might not understand it but he does, we can't change it, we must except it we don't know why, but God knows. The devil used the king Herroud to destroy those children. Jesus father was directed by God through dreams so that Jesus could be saved, he was predestined to die on the cross for your sins and mine. God I thank you.

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