Matthew 2:20

“Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 2:20

Saying, Arise, and take the yong childe and his mother, and goe into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the yong childes life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child's life are dead."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead that sought the young child's life.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Saying, Get up and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: because they who were attempting to take the young child's life are dead.
- Basic English Bible

Arise, take to [thee] the little child and its mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they who sought the life of the little child are dead.
- Darby Bible

Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead who sought the young child's life.
- Webster's Bible

Rise from sleep, and take the child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child's life are dead.
- Weymouth Bible

Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel, for those who sought the young child's life are dead.
- World English Bible

and seide, Ryse vp, and take the child and his modir, and go in to the lond of Israel; for thei that souyten the lijf of the chijld ben deed.
- Wycliffe Bible

saying, `Having risen, take the child and his mother, and be going to the land of Israel, for they have died -- those seeking the life of the child.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 2:20

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 2:20


2:18 Rachel weeping for her children - The Benjamites, who inhabited Rama, sprung from her. She was buried near this place; and is here beautifully represented risen, as it were out of her grave, and bewailing her lost children. Because they are not - that is, are dead. The preservation of Jesus from this destruction, may be considered as a figure of God's care over his children in their greatest danger. God does not often, as he easily could, cut off their persecutors at a stroke. But he provides a hiding place for his people, and by methods not less effectual, though less pompous, preserves them from being swept away, even when the enemy comes in like a flood. #Jer 31:15|.

2:22 He was afraid to go thither - into Judea; and so turned aside into the region of Galilee - a part of the land of Israel not under the jurisdiction of Archelaus.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 2:20


Mt 2:20 Arise . . . go into the land of Israel. Notice that Joseph is not required to return to Bethlehem or to Judea, but simply to the land of Israel. They are dead which sought the young child's life. As "they" is plural, there must have been the death of more than one of those who sought the death of the Lord. Five days before the death of Herod he slew his son Antipater, a prince of dark, cruel, treacherous character, whom he expected to succeed him. Nothing could be more likely than that he had fully sympathized in the scheme of child-murder at Bethlehem. Now both, "they that sought the young child's life", were dead.

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