Matthew 2:7

“Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then Herod, when he had priuily called the Wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the Starre appeared:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then Herod privily called the Wise-men, and learned of them exactly what time the star appeared.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then Herod sent for the wise men privately, and put questions to them about what time the star had been seen.
- Basic English Bible

Then Herod, having secretly called the magi, inquired of them accurately the time of the star that was appearing;
- Darby Bible

Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
- Webster's Bible

Thereupon Herod sent privately for the Magi and ascertained from them the exact time of the star's appearing.
- Weymouth Bible

Then Herod secretly called the wise men, and learned from them exactly what time the star appeared.
- World English Bible

Thanne Eroude clepide pryueli the astromyens, and lernyde bisili of hem the tyme of the sterre that apperide to hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

Then Herod, privately having called the mages, did inquire exactly from them the time of the appearing star,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 2:7

Mt 2:7 Herod, when he had privily called the wise men. The crafty and cruel king had gained one point--he now knew where the Christ was to be born. He therefore asks another question of the wise men, by which he hopes to ascertain the age of the royal child. What time the star appeared. The fact that, as stated below, he slew the children of two years and under, denotes that the star had been seen first about two years before.

Discussion for Matthew 2

  • 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.
  • A disciple
    "Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came Magi (Persian Astrologers) from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." God brings about His plans if His people are ready, or not; and He rules over ALL! "And the Gentiles shall come to thy light.."
  • Chris S .
    Nothing new under the sun
  • Jeff Berry
    Mark Diffin, thankfully Matthews credibility is fully intact. It is commonly accepted that many of the OT prophecies have dual meanings (what some refer to as "telescoping prophecies"). Matthews comment in v 23 has been a little more troubling for some but not many. Matthew may have been referring in some way to the OT Nazarite vow. A Nazarene or one that has vowed a Nazarite vow. Blessings!
  • A disciple
    Yvonne; The Lord DOES want us to know all things and to fully understand His plans. How do we believe in something if we don't understand it? The Bible is a big Book full of knowledge and understanding and everything we need to learn from Him about life, the world, and all we are set to encounter until we're finished with this present existence. The Bible is full of Spirit-inspired prayers for us.
  • Yvonne
    I feel that who are we to try to address Gods plan. We might not understand it but he does, we can't change it, we must except it we don't know why, but God knows. The devil used the king Herroud to destroy those children. Jesus father was directed by God through dreams so that Jesus could be saved, he was predestined to die on the cross for your sins and mine. God I thank you.

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