“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)
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.