2:16 When Herod 1 saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he became enraged. He sent men 2 to kill all the children in Bethlehem 3 and throughout the surrounding region from the age of two and under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men. 2:17 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:
2:18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud wailing, 4
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she did not want to be comforted, because they were 5 gone.” 6
1 sn See the note on King Herod in 2:1. Note the fulfillment of the prophecy given by the angel in 2:13.
2 tn Or “soldiers.”
3 map For location see Map5-B1; Map7-E2; Map8-E2; Map10-B4.
4 tc The LXX of Jer 38:15 (31:15 ET) has “lamentation, weeping, and loud wailing”; most later
5 tn Grk “are”; the Greek text uses a present tense verb.
6 sn A quotation from Jer 31:15.