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The Birth of Jesus Part 3 (Matthew 2:1-15

This story tells more about what happened when Jesus was born.

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, 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.”

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, “In Bethlehem of Judaea; for thus it is written by the prophet, 'And you, Bethlehem in the land of Juda, are not the least among the princes of Juda, for out of you shall come a Governor that shall rule my people Israel.'”

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the young child, and when you have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.”

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. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother and fell down and worshiped him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold and frankincense and myrrh.

And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

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

When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt 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.”

(Matthew 2:1-15)

Words that May Be New
arise (arose): to get up.
frankincense: a spice.
fulfill: to finish or make complete.
gather: to bring to the same place
demand: to tell someone they must do something.
depart: to go away
destroy: to kill or break apart.
exceeding: very
flee: to run away.
myrrh: a spice.
prophet: one whom God gives words to give to other people.
seek: to look for.
treasure: something valuable.

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