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Matthew 2:15

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2:15 He stayed there until Herod 1  died. In this way what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet was fulfilled: “I called my Son out of Egypt.” 2 

Matthew 2:18

Context

2:18A voice was heard in Ramah,

weeping and loud wailing, 3 

Rachel weeping for her children,

and she did not want to be comforted, because they were 4  gone. 5 

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

2 sn A quotation from Hos 11:1.

3 tc The LXX of Jer 38:15 (31:15 ET) has “lamentation, weeping, and loud wailing”; most later mss (C D L W 0233 Ë13 33 Ï) have a quotation in Matthew which conforms to that of the LXX (θρῆνος καὶ κλαυθμός καὶ ὀδυρμός; qrhno" kai klauqmo" kai odurmo"). But such assimilations were routine among the scribes; as such, they typically should be discounted because they are both predictable and motivated. The shorter reading, without “lamentation and,” is thus to be preferred, especially since it cannot easily be accounted for unless it is the original wording here. Further, it is found in the better mss along with a good cross-section of other witnesses (א B Z 0250 Ë1 pc lat co).

4 tn Grk “are”; the Greek text uses a present tense verb.

5 sn A quotation from Jer 31:15.



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