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Matthew 2:13-16

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The Escape to Egypt

2:13 After they had gone, an 1  angel of the Lord 2  appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod 3  is going to look for the child to kill him.” 2:14 Then he got up, took the child and his mother during 4  the night, and went to Egypt. 2:15 He stayed there until Herod 5  died. In this way what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet was fulfilled: “I called my Son out of Egypt.” 6 

2:16 When Herod 7  saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he became enraged. He sent men 8  to kill all the children in Bethlehem 9  and throughout the surrounding region from the age of two and under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men.

1 tn Grk “behold, an angel.” The Greek word ἰδού (idou) has not been translated because it has no exact English equivalent here, but adds interest and emphasis (BDAG 468 s.v. 1).

2 tn Or “the angel of the Lord.” See the note on the word “Lord” in 1:20.

3 sn See the note on King Herod in 2:1. Herod the Great was particularly ruthless regarding the succession to his throne.

4 tn The feminine singular genitive noun νυκτός (nuktos, “night”) indicates the time during which the action of the main verb takes place (ExSyn 124).

5 sn See the note on King Herod in 2:1.

6 sn A quotation from Hos 11:1.

7 sn See the note on King Herod in 2:1. Note the fulfillment of the prophecy given by the angel in 2:13.

8 tn Or “soldiers.”

9 map For location see Map5 B1; Map7 E2; Map8 E2; Map10 B4.



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