Matthew 2:9

“When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

When they had heard the King, they departed, and loe, the Starre which they saw in the East, went before them, till it came and stood ouer where the young childe was.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over {the place} where the Child was.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they, having heard the king, went their way; and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And after hearing the king, they went on their way; and the star which they saw in the east went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the young child was.
- Basic English Bible

And they having heard the king went their way; and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went before them until it came and stood over the place where the little child was.
- Darby Bible

When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
- Webster's Bible

After hearing what the king said, they went to Bethlehem, while, strange to say, the star they had seen in the east led them on until it came and stood over the place where the babe was.
- Weymouth Bible

They, having heard the king, went their way; and behold, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was.
- World English Bible

And whanne thei hadden herd the kyng, thei wenten forth. And lo! the sterre, that thei siyen in the eest, wente bifore hem, til it cam, and stood aboue, where the child was.
- Wycliffe Bible

And they, having heard the king, departed, and lo, the star, that they did see in the east, did go before them, till, having come, it stood over where the child was.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 2:9


Mt 2:9 They departed. They probably departed immediately after their interview with Herod, and as the appearance of the star as soon as they started indicates that it was right, they probably saw Herod in the evening. The star . . . went before them. This language implies a miraculous appearance, like a star, which guided the steps of the wise men. Such a view is no less probable than that a pillar of fire should have guided Israel. The luminous appearance stood over where the young child was. Either over Bethlehem, or over the house where the young child was sheltered.

Discussion for Matthew 2:9

  • Anonymous for verse 9
    I thank God for his Son Jesus
  • I think that the star, like Jonah 's fish, was a creation for the moment.
  • Ståle Landa for verse 9
    I think the star was a special placement of Jupiter and Saturn this year. The magi knew about some prophesies in the old testament, that must be the reaso0n why they set off. When these two stars were together for a while, they stopped moving west in the night and instead moved back for a while, because of the rotation of the earth. And that is likely to have happened over Betlehem.

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