Matthew 2:4

“And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when he had gathered all the chiefe Priests and Scribes of the people together, hee demanded of them where Christ should be borne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ should be born.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he got together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, questioning them as to where the birth-place of the Christ would be.
- Basic English Bible

and, assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ should be born.
- Darby Bible

And when he had assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born.
- Webster's Bible

So he assembled all the High Priests and Scribes of the people, and anxiously asked them where the Christ was to be born.
- Weymouth Bible

Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked them where the Christ would be born.
- World English Bible

And he gaderide to gidre alle the prynces of prestis, and scribis of the puple, and enqueride of hem, where Crist shulde be borun.
- Wycliffe Bible

and having gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he was inquiring from them where the Christ is born.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 2:4


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 2:4


Mt 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes together. Literally, "high priests". The high priests, and perhaps the heads of the twenty-four courses of priests, are included. See 1Ch 24:1-19. The "scribes" were the successors of Ezra, the official copyists of the Scripture, who naturally became its expounders, and were the theologians of the time of Christ. The priests, as the head of the Jewish religion, and the scribes, as the chief expounders of the Scriptures, were the proper persons to answer Herod's question. Where Christ should be born. This demand concedes: (1) That the Jews expected a Messiah; (2) That the Scriptures had foretold his coming; (3) That the very place of his birth had been pointed out.

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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