2 1 Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea. He was born during the time when Herod was king. After Jesus was born, some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem. 2 The wise men asked people, “Where is the child that has been born to be the king of the Jews? We saw the star that shows he was born. We saw the star rise in the sky in the east. We came to worship him.” 3 King Herod heard about this new king of the Jews. Herod was troubled about this. And all the people in Jerusalem were worried too. 4 Herod called a meeting of all the leading Jewish priests and teachers of the law. Herod asked them where the Christ would be born. 5 They answered, “In the town of Bethlehem in Judea. The prophet wrote about this ˻in the Scriptures˼: 6 'Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are important among the rulers of Judah. Yes, a ruler will come from you, and that ruler will lead Israel, my people.’” 7 Then Herod had a private meeting with the wise men from the east. Herod learned from the wise men the exact time they first saw the star. 8 Then Herod sent the wise men to Bethlehem. Herod said to the wise men, “Go and look carefully for the child. When you find the child, come tell me. Then I can go worship him too.” 9 The wise men heard the king, and then they left. The wise men saw the same star they had seen in the east. The wise men followed the star. The star went before them until it stopped above the place where the child was. 10 The wise men were happy to see the star. They were very excited. 11 The wise men came to the house where the child was. They saw him with his mother Mary. The wise men bowed down and worshiped him. The wise men opened the gifts they brought for the child. They gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 But God warned the wise men in a dream. God warned them not to go back to Herod. So the wise men went home to their own country a different way. 13 After the wise men left, an angel from the Lord came to Joseph in a dream. The angel said, “Get up! Take the child with his mother and escape to Egypt. Herod will start looking for the child. Herod wants to kill him. Stay in Egypt until I tell you to come back.” 14 So Joseph got up and left for Egypt with the baby and the baby’s mother. They left during the night. 15 Joseph stayed in Egypt until Herod died. This happened to make clear the full meaning of what the Lord said through the prophet. The Lord said, “I called my son to come out of Egypt.” 16 Herod saw that the wise men had fooled him. Herod was very angry. So Herod gave an order to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and the whole area around Bethlehem. Herod had learned from the wise men the time ˻the baby was born˼. It was now two years from that time. So Herod said to kill all the boys that were two years old and younger. 17 So the thing God said through the prophet Jeremiah happened: 18 ”A sound was heard in Ramah— bitter crying and great sadness. Rachel cries for her children; and she cannot be comforted, because her children are gone.” 19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream. This happened while Joseph was in Egypt. 20 The angel said, “Get up! Take the child and his mother and go to Israel. The people that were trying to kill the child are now dead.” 21 So Joseph took the child and the mother and went to Israel. 22 But Joseph heard that Archelaus was now king in Judea. Archelaus became king when his father Herod died. So Joseph was afraid to go there. Joseph was warned in a dream. So Joseph left there and went to the area of Galilee. 23 Joseph went to a town called Nazareth and lived there. And so the thing happened that God said through the prophets. God said that ˻the Christ˼ would be called a Nazarene.