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

  • A disciple
    Mr. Steinberg (cont.); Jesus is written about distinctly in various and different ways throughout the Holy Scriptures; and is in some way especially shown in each and every Book of the Bible by a certain aspect of His Person and Glory. I would happily begin naming them to you and expounding upon each one, if you like! Start with the 3rd Chapter of 1st Moses, paying special attention to verse 15.
  • Steve morrow
    ISAIAH 7:13 and he said hear you now o house of david is it a small thing for you to weary men but will you weary my GOD also --7:14-- therefore THE LORD himself shall give you a sign --- BEHOLD A VIRGIN SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON --- and shall call HIS name IMMANUEL
  • Steve morrow
    ISAIAH 11:1 and there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of jesse and a branch shall grow out of his roots --11:2-- and the spirit of THE LORD shall rest upon HIM the spirit of wisdom and understanding the spirit of counsel and might the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of THE LORD
  • A disciple
    Mr. Steinberg; You are greatly mistaken! The Spirit of Prophecy IS THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST! From the very beginning, the Word of the LORD's Anointed was the whole meaning for the human species to be allowed to live out their lives in this world, AFTER THEY HAD SINNED, AND WERE CONDEMNED TO DEATH BY GOD! Until anyone comes to the Lord with a true heart in repentance there is no understanding!
  • Andrew steinberg
    Mathew was the biggest of ,missionaries that painted jesus in the old testement by usinglittle snippets instead of reading the whole chapter. Jesus was never mentioned by Isaiah, Hosea Or any prophet in the old testament , lies . they were lost and of Hellenize Syriac Jews far from the temple and Judah. Mathew lost as far as converting Jews but Paul did get the gentiles to become monotheistic,
  • 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.

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