1Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men#  Or royal astrologers; Greek reads magi; also in 2:7, 16. from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,#  Or star in the east. and we have come to worship him.”3King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. 4He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”5“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:6‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,are not least among the ruling cities#  Greek the rulers. of Judah,for a ruler will come from youwho will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’#  Mic 5:2; 2 Sam 5:2.7Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. 8Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”9After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.12When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

Read Matthew 2

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois, 60188. All rights reserved.