And Jesus having been born in Beth-Lehem of Judea, in the
days of Herod the king, lo, mages from the east came to Jerusalem,
saying, 'Where is he who was born king of the Jews? for we
saw his star in the east, and we came to bow to him.'
And Herod the king having heard, was stirred, and all
Jerusalem with him,
and having gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the
people, he was inquiring from them where the Christ is born.
And they said to him, 'In Beth-Lehem of Judea, for thus it
hath been written through the prophet,
And thou, Beth-Lehem, the land of Judah, thou art by no
means the least among the leaders of Judah, for out of thee shall come one
leading, who shall feed My people Israel.'
Then Herod, privately having called the mages, did inquire
exactly from them the time of the appearing star,
and having sent them to Beth-Lehem, he said, 'Having gone --
inquire ye exactly for the child, and whenever ye may have found, bring me back
word, that I also having come may bow to him.'
And they, having heard the king, departed, and lo, the star,
that they did see in the east, did go before them, till, having come, it stood
over where the child was.
And having seen the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great
and having come to the house, they found the child with Mary
his mother, and having fallen down they bowed to him, and having opened their
treasures, they presented to him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh,
and having been divinely warned in a dream not to turn back
unto Herod, through another way they withdrew to their own region.
And on their having withdrawn, lo, a messenger of the Lord
doth appear in a dream to Joseph, saying, 'Having risen, take the child and his
mother, and flee to Egypt, and be thou there till I may speak to thee, for
Herod is about to seek the child to destroy him.'
And he, having risen, took the child and his mother by
night, and withdrew to Egypt,
and he 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 did call My Son.'
Then Herod, having seen that he was deceived by the mages,
was very wroth, and having sent forth, he slew all the male children in
Beth-Lehem, and in all its borders, from two years and under, according to the
time that he inquired exactly from the mages.
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the
'A voice in Ramah was heard -- lamentation and weeping and
much mourning -- Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be
comforted because they are not.'
And Herod having died, lo, a messenger of the Lord in a
dream doth appear to Joseph in Egypt,
saying, 'Having risen, take the child and his mother, and be
going to the land of Israel, for they have died -- those seeking the life of
And he, having risen, took the child and his mother, and
came to the land of Israel,
and having heard that Archelaus doth reign over Judea
instead of Herod his father, he was afraid to go thither, and having been
divinely warned in a dream, he withdrew to the parts of Galilee,
and coming, he dwelt in a city named Nazareth, that it might
be fulfilled that was spoken through the prophets, that 'A Nazarene he shall be