Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king — Behold! Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to do homage.”
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes, he inquired of them where the Messiah would be born.
They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
And you, oh Bethlehem, in the land of Judah
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah
for from you will come a ruler
who will govern my people Israel.
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star appeared; and he sent them into Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him bring me word, that I too may come and do him homage.”
When they had heard the king, they went on their way; and lo, the star they had seen in the East led them onward, until it showed them clearly where the child was. When they saw where the star had led them, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and did homage. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Now when they had departed, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother; and flee to Egpyt and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, remaining there until the death of Herod.
This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt have I called my son.”
Herod, when he saw that he’d been outsmarted by the wise men, went into a furious rage; so he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem, and all in that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men.
This fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:
A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children
because they were no more.
But when Herod died, behold: An angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”
And he rose, and took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But hearing that Archelaus ruled over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there; and led by a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. And he dwelled in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophet might be fulfilled: “He shall be called a Nazareen.”