“Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.”
King James Version (KJV)
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|.
2:8 And if ye find him, bring me word - Probably Herod did not believe he was born; otherwise would not so suspicious a prince have tried to make sure work at once?
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.
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