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Matthew 2:1

Context
The Visit of the Wise Men

2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem 1  in Judea, in the time 2  of King Herod, 3  wise men 4  from the East came to Jerusalem 5 

Matthew 2:16

Context

2:16 When Herod 6  saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he became enraged. He sent men 7  to kill all the children in Bethlehem 8  and throughout the surrounding region from the age of two and under, according to the time he had learned from the wise men.

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

2 tn Grk “in the days.”

3 sn King Herod was Herod the Great, who ruled Palestine from 37 b.c. until he died in 4 b.c. He was known for his extensive building projects (including the temple in Jerusalem) and for his cruelty.

4 sn The Greek term magi here describes a class of wise men and priests who were astrologers (L&N 32.40).

5 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

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

7 tn Or “soldiers.”

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



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