Matthew 2:6

“And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And thou Bethlehem in the land of Iuda, art not the least among the Princes of Iuda: for out of thee shall come a Gouernour, that shall rule my people Israel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

'AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH, ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH; FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER WHO WILL SHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL.'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And thou Bethlehem, land of Judah, Art in no wise least among the princes of Judah: For out of thee shall come forth a governor, Who shall be shepherd of my people Israel.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You Beth-lehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the chiefs of Judah: out of you will come a ruler, who will be the keeper of my people Israel.
- Basic English Bible

And *thou* Bethlehem, land of Juda, art in no wise the least among the governors of Juda; for out of thee shall go forth a leader who shall shepherd my people Israel.
- Darby Bible

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
- Webster's Bible

"`And thou, Bethlehem in the land of Judah, by no means the least honorable art thou among princely places in Judah! For from thee shall come a prince--one who shall be the Shepherd of My People Israel.'"
- Weymouth Bible

'You Bethlehem, land of Judah, are in no way least among the princes of Judah: for out of you shall come forth a governor, who shall shepherd my people, Israel.'"
- World English Bible

And thou, Bethleem, the lond of Juda, art not the leest among the prynces of Juda; for of thee a duyk schal go out, that schal gouerne my puple of Israel.
- Wycliffe Bible

And thou, Beth-Lehem, the land of Judah, thou art by no means the least among the leaders of Judah, for out of thee shall come one leading, who shall feed My people Israel.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 2:6


2:6 Thou art in nowise the least among the princes of Judah - That is, among the cities belonging to the princes or heads of thousands in Judah. When this and several other quotations from the Old Testament are compared with the original, it plainly appears, the apostles did not always think it necessary exactly to transcribe the passages they cited, but contented themselves with giving the general sense, though with some diversity of language. The words of Micah, which we render, Though thou be little, may be rendered, Art thou little? And then the difference which seems to be here between the prophet and the evangelist vanishes away. #Micah 5:2|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 2:6


Mt 2:6 And thou Bethlehem. The quotation is made freely from the Septuagint version (Greek), which was in common use, and from which the Savior and his apostles constantly quoted. The Hebrew is literally, "But thou Bethlehem Ephrata, too small to be among the thousands of Judah (i.e., the towns where the heads of thousands resided, the chief towns in the distribution of the tribes), out of thee shall come forth one who is to be the ruler of Israel", Mic 5:1,2. Princes of Judah. Put for towns, where the princes or head of thousands lived.

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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