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Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 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. 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 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. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life. 21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Commentary for Matthew 2

The wise men's search after Christ. (1-8) The wise men worship Jesus. (9-12) Jesus carried into Egypt. (13-15) Herod causes the infants of Bethlehem to be massacred. (16-18) Death of Herod, Jesus brought to Nazareth. (19-23)1-8 Those who live at the greatest distance from the means of grace often use most diligence, and learn to know the most of Christ and his salvation. But no curious arts, or mere human learning, can direct men unto him. We must learn of Christ by attending to the word of God, as a light that shineth in a dark place, and by seeking the teaching of the Holy Spirit. And those in whose hearts the day-star is risen, to give them any thing of the knowledge of Christ, make it their business to worship him. Though Herod was very old, and never had shown affection for his family, and was not himself likely to live till a new-born infant had grown up to manhood, he began to be troubled with the dread of a rival. He understood not the spiritual nature of the Messiah's kingdom. Let us beware of a dead faith. A man may be persuaded of many truths, and yet may hate them, because they interfere with his ambition, or sinful indulgences. Such a belief will make him uneasy, and the more resolved to oppose the truth and the cause of God; and he may be foolish enough to hope for success therein.

9-12 What joy these wise men felt upon this sight of the star, none know so well as those who, after a long and melancholy night of temptation and desertion, under the power of a spirit of bondage, at length receive the Spirit of adoption, witnessing with their spirits that they are the children of God. We may well think what a disappointment it was to them, when they found a cottage was his palace, and his own poor mother the only attendant he had. However, these wise men did not think themselves baffled; but having found the King they sought, they presented their gifts to him. The humble inquirer after Christ will not be stumbled at finding him and his disciples in obscure cottages, after having in vain sought them in palaces and populous cities. Is a soul busy, seeking after Christ? Would it worship him, and does it say, Alas! I am a foolish and poor creature, and have nothing to offer? Nothing! Hast thou not a heart, though unworthy of him, dark, hard, and foul? Give it to him as it is, and be willing that he use and dispose of it as it pleases him; he will take it, and will make it better, and thou shalt never repent having given it to him. He shall frame it to his own likeness, and will give thee himself, and be thine for ever. The gifts the wise men presented were gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Providence sent these as a seasonable relief to Joseph and Mary in their present poor condition. Thus our heavenly Father, who knows what his children need, uses some as stewards to supply the wants of others, and can provide for them, even from the ends of the earth.

13-15 Egypt had been a house of bondage to Israel, and particularly cruel to the infants of Israel; yet it is to be a place of refuge to the holy Child Jesus. God, when he pleases, can make the worst of places serve the best of purposes. This was a trial of the faith of Joseph and Mary. But their faith, being tried, was found firm. If we and our infants are at any time in trouble, let us remember the straits in which Christ was when an infant. #16-18| Herod killed all the male children, not only in Bethlehem, but in all the villages of that city. Unbridled wrath, armed with an unlawful power, often carries men to absurd cruelties. It was no unrighteous thing with God to permit this; every life is forfeited to his justice as soon as it begins. The diseases and deaths of little children are proofs of original sin. But the murder of these infants was their martyrdom. How early did persecution against Christ and his kingdom begin! Herod now thought that he had baffled the Old Testament prophecies, and the efforts of the wise men in finding Christ; but whatever crafty, cruel devices are in men's hearts, the counsel of the Lord shall stand.

19-23 Egypt may serve to sojourn in, or take shelter in, for awhile, but not to abide in. Christ was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, to them he must return. Did we but look upon the world as our Egypt, the place of our bondage and banishment, and heaven only as our Canaan, our home, our rest, we should as readily arise and depart thither, when we are called for, as Joseph did out of Egypt. The family must settle in Galilee. Nazareth was a place held in bad esteem, and Christ was crucified with this accusation, Jesus the Nazarene. Wherever Providence allots the bounds of our habitation, we must expect to share the reproach of Christ; yet we may glory in being called by his name, sure that if we suffer with him, we shall also be glorified with him.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Matthew 2

  • Albert liboyio on Matthew 2
    Morning brethren?Let us always follow the word of God not our thoughts as the book of mathew2says.
  • Albina on Matthew 2
    This is a testimony by Mathew regarding the basic events that occur when our Savior was born. Without adding anything from anywhere else we can conclude that the birth of Jesus was prophesied way before He was born. This chapter does not state that the wise men were saints. In Russian translation they are called volkhv (which are somebody like sorcerer or magician). Somehow it was open to them that there will be a birth of the King of Jews. God can use anybody in order to achieve His plans, and here he used wise men. Whether wise men knew about the real significance of this event, we do not know, however perhaps they knew something very important about was happening by reading stars.
  • Pam on Matthew 2
    The Bible doesn't say the number of wise men. This is accurate. But, it was the shepherds who first saw the baby Jesus. By the time the wise men saw the child, He was not an infant but a small child.
  • Sometime we get trivial over the small details we are taliking about Jesus Chri - in Reply on Matthew 2
    Sometime we as Christians get caught up on the small details of the bible which satin loves, the focus here should be the son of god who had been preordained to come into this world to be a narrow gate to salvation for those that believe he is the son of god had come to pass just as the before this time profits had prophesied
  • Pam - in Reply on Matthew 2
    Nothing is to small for God to be concerned about. To get all of the meat off the bone, one should be concerned about all details, however small. Failure to do so may result in the incorrect understanding of the meaning of Scripture.
  • Byron K Smith email me feel free to email me byronksmithhsutccom - in Reply on Matthew 2
    Man can not live by his understanding alone we are like sheep and sheep are not known to be smart Yes it is important to follow the whole bible word for word every word counts. But the main point of the bible is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God the Father and Satan uses man like Eve in the garden, very subtly to change the story. Now we know as Christens without Christ you can not get through
  • Pamela Williams - in Reply on Matthew 2
    I agree that Satan uses man to change the story as the story has certainly been changed. I believe the main point of the Bible is that man was lost in need of a Savior. So, God the Father sent His son, Yeshua Jesus , a Hebrew to do just that.
  • Man can not live by his understanding alone we are like sheep and sheep are not - in Reply on Matthew 2
    Yes it is important to follow the whole bible word for word every word counts. But the main point of the bible is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God the Father and Satan uses man like Eve in the garden, very subtly to change the story. Now we know as Christens without Christ you can not get through to the father.... Example the Muslim book follows the old testament but Jesus not son of God.
  • Alex on Matthew 2
    Outta of Egypt have i called my Son which was the Nation of Israel but Christ was also called out of EGYPT,WHEN ISRAEL was a child i loved him and called my son out of Egypt and we know when the nation of Israel his SON was born it was in the month of Abib approx the 14 th equates to April th 2 nd our calendar also Passover thus his SON Christ th lamb of God wd have to be born in april 2 ty jesus
  • Cynthia Cooper on Matthew 2
    JESUS is the Star of David me. HE is what guides by HIS Word, HE is the star Light of my life. That Star as becomes a HEro represents JESUS. The Eastern Star as HE ascended in the Eastern sky HE is returning back in that same Eastern sky will outshine that star because HE is the True Star of us True Sheeps Life. Bless Love all through the creator of the stars universe. HE's coming soon.


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