Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is he who is born King of the Jews? We saw his star rising, and have come to do him homage.”
When King Herod heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked them where the Messiah would be born.
They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for this is written through the prophet,
‘You Bethlehem, land of Judah, are in no way least among the princes of Judah; for out of you shall come a governor who shall shepherd my people, Israel.’”
Then Herod secretly called the wise men, and learned from them exactly what date the star appeared.
He sent them to Bethlehem, and said, “Go and search diligently for the young child. When you have found him, bring me word, so that I also may come and do him homage”
They, having heard the king, went their way; and behold, the star, which they had seen rising, went before them until it came and stood over where the young child was.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
They came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and they prostrated themselves and did him homage. Opening their treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another way.
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of God appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod will seek the young child to kill him.”
He arose and took the young child and his mother by night and departed into Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by God through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt, I called my son.”
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry. And he sent soldiers out and killed all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all the surrounding countryside, from two years old and under, in accordance with the exact date he had learned from the wise men.
Then that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying,
“A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; she wouldn’t be comforted, because they were dead.”
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of God appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel, for those who sought the young child’s life are dead.”
He arose and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in the place of his father, Herod, he was afraid to go there. Being warned in a dream, he withdrew into the region of Galilee, and came and lived in a city called Nazareth; that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets that he will be called a Nazarene.