2:1 But after Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem,
2 saying: Where is he that has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising, and have come to worship him.
3 And hearing it, king Herod was alarmed, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people, and inquired of them where the Christ should be born.
5 And they said to him: In Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it is written by the prophet:
6 And thou, Bethlehem, land of Judah, art by no means the least among the princes of Judah; for out of thee shall come a Governor, who shall rule my people Israel.
7 Then Herod having secretly called the Magi, inquired of them strictly the time at which the star appeared;
8 and sending them to Bethlehem, said: Go, make strict inquiry for the young child: and when you have found him, bring me word, that I also may go and worship him.
9 And after hearing the king, they departed; and lo, the star which they had seen at its rising, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with very great joy.
11 And coming into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother; and falling down they worshipped him; and having opened their treasures they offered to him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they withdrew into their own country by another way.
13 But after they had withdrawn, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying: Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be there till I bring thee word; for Herod is about to seek for the young child, to destroy him.
14 And he arose and took the young child and his mother, by night, and withdrew into Egypt,
15 and was there till the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled that was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: Out of Egypt I called my Son.
16 Then Herod, seeing that he had been deceived by the Magi, was greatly enraged; and, having sent out, he slew all the male children that were in Bethlehem, and in all its borders, from the age of two years and under, according to the time which he had strictly inquired of the Magi.
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
18 A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and great mourning: Rachel weeping for her children; and she would not be comforted because they are no more.
19 But after Herod had died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
20 saying: Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel; for they are dead that sought the young child’s life.
21 And he arose and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
22 But hearing that Archelaus reigned in Judea, in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither; but being warned in a dream, he withdrew into the regions of Galilee,
23 and came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled that was spoken through the prophets: He shall be called a Nazarene.