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

  • 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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