Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem
of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the
east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born
King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to
When Herod the king had heard these
things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
And when he had gathered all the
chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where
Christ should be born.
And they said unto him, In Bethlehem
of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
And thou Bethlehem, in the land of
Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a
Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Then Herod, when he had privily
called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
And he sent them to Bethlehem, and
said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him,
bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
When they had heard the king, they
departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till
it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they
rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the
house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and
worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto
him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
And being warned of God in a dream
that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country
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