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The wise men are directed by a star to Jesus—Joseph takes the child to Egypt—Herod slays the children in Bethlehem—Jesus is taken to Nazareth to dwell.

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The wise men

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa Judæa (Judea [JST]) in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Helaman 16:14 And angels did appear unto men, wise men, and did declare unto them glad tidings of great joy; thus in this year the scriptures began to be fulfilled.

2 Saying, Where is he he (the child [JST]) that is born king king (the Messiah [JST]) of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are are (have [JST]) come to worship him.

3 When Herod the king had heard these things, these things, (of the child, [JST]) 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 where (saying, Where is the place that is written of by the prophets, in which [JST]) Christ should be born. ? For he greatly feared, yet he believed not the prophets. [JST]

5 And they said unto him, (It is written by the prophets, that he whould be born [JST]) In Bethlehem of Judæa: Judæa: (Judea: [JST]) for thus it is written by the prophet, it is written by the prophet, (have they said, The word of the Lord came unto us, saying, [JST])

6 And thou Bethlehem, (which lieth [JST]) in the land of Juda, Juda, (Judea, in thee shall be born a prince, which [JST]) art not the least among the princes of Juda: Juda: (Judea: [JST]) for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule a Governor, that shall rule (the Messiah, who shall save [JST]) my people Israel. (Micah 5:2 (more...))

7 Then Herod, when he had privily privily called the wise men (privily [JST]), inquired of them diligently (at [JST]) 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, him, (the child, [JST]) 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.


The wise men

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.   


When they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother

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 appeareth (appeared [JST]) to Joseph in a dream, dream, (vision, [JST]) saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be be (tarry [JST]) thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When When (And then [JST]) he arose, he he (and [JST]) took the young child and his his (the child's [JST]) 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.

Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. (more...)

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 that (which [JST]) were in Bethlehem, and in in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.   

Accordingly, though the scribes told him the child was to be born in Bethlehem, he is not content to slay the infants there, but added thereto the slaughter of those in all the coasts.

17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy Jeremy (Jeremiah [JST]) the prophet Jeremiah 31:15 Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. , saying,

18 In Rama was there Rama was there (Ramah there was [JST]) a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel Rachel (Rachael [JST]) weeping for (the loss of [JST]) her children, and would not be comforted, because they are are (were [JST]) not.

19 ¶ But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth appeareth (appeared [JST]) in a dream, dream, (vision, [JST]) 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 which (who [JST]) 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 Judæa Judæa (Judea [JST]) in the room room (stead [JST]) of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: (but, [JST]) notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, dream, (vision, [JST]) he turned aside turned aside (went [JST]) into the parts parts (eastern part [JST]) 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.

(And it came to pass that Jesus grew up with his brethren, and waxed strong, and waited upon the Lord for the time of his ministry to come. And he served uner his father, and he spake not as other men, neither could be be taught; for he needed not that any man should teach him. And after many years, the hour of his ministry drew high. [JST])




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