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Matthew 2:11

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2:11 As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down 1  and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, 2  and myrrh. 3 

1 tn Grk “they fell down.” BDAG 815 s.v. πίπτω 1.b.α.ב has “fall down, throw oneself to the ground as a sign of devotion, before high-ranking persons or divine beings.”

2 sn Frankincense refers to the aromatic resin of certain trees, used as a sweet-smelling incense (L&N 6.212).

3 sn Myrrh consisted of the aromatic resin of certain shrubs (L&N 6.208). It was used in preparing a corpse for burial.



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