Matthew 2:3

“When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Matthew 2:3

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Hierusalem with him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When Herod the king heard {this,} he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when it came to the ears of Herod the king, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
- Basic English Bible

But Herod the king having heard [of it], was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
- Darby Bible

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
- Webster's Bible

Reports of this soon reached the king, and greatly agitated not only him but all the people of Jerusalem.
- Weymouth Bible

When King Herod heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
- World English Bible

But king Eroude herde, and was trublid, and al Jerusalem with hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

And Herod the king having heard, was stirred, and all Jerusalem with him,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Matthew 2:3

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 2:3

2:1 Bethlehem of Judea - There was another Bethlehem in the tribe of Zebulon. In the days of Herod - commonly called Herod the Great, born at Ascalon. The sceptre was now on the point of departing from Judah. Among his sons were Archelaus, mentioned #Mt 2:22|; Herod Antipas, mentioned #Mt 14:1|; &c., and Philip, mentioned #Luke 3:19|. Herod Agrippa, mentioned #Acts 12:1|; &c., was his grandson. Wise men - The first fruits of the Gentiles. Probably they were Gentile philosophers, who, through the Divine assistance, had improved their knowledge of nature, as a means of leading to the knowledge of the one true God. Nor is it unreasonable to suppose, that God had favoured them with some extraordinary revelations of himself, as he did Melchisedec, Job, and several others, who were not of the family of Abraham; to which he never intended absolutely to confine his favours. The title given them in the original was anciently given to all philosophers, or men of learning; those particularly who were curious in examining the works of nature, and observing the motions of the heavenly bodies. From the east - So Arabia is frequently called in Scripture. It lay to the east of Judea, and was famous for gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We have seen his star - Undoubtedly they had before heard Balaam's prophecy. And probably when they saw this unusual star, it was revealed to them that this prophecy was fulfilled. In the east - That is, while we were in the east.

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.

2:4 The chief priests - That is, not only the high priest and his deputy, with those who formerly had borne that office: but also the chief man in each of those twenty - four courses, into which the body of priests were divided, #1Chron 24:6-19|. The scribes were those whose peculiar business it was to explain the Scriptures to the people. They were the public preachers, or expounders of the law of Moses. Whence the chief of them were called doctors of the law.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 2:3

Mt 2:3 Herod . . . was troubled. The trouble of Herod is easily accounted for. He was a usurper. This news seemed to portend a legitimate king, a rival for the throne, around whom the Jewish nation would rally. All Jerusalem with him. The capital was in commotion. It was the seat of Herod's power, and his staunchest supporters were there.

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