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

  • 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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