The Magi Visit the Messiah

Matthew 2:1-12

Cum ergo natus esset Jesus in Bethlehem Juda in diebus Herodis regis, ecce magi ab oriente venerunt Jerosolymam, dicentes: Ubi est qui natus est rex Judæorum? vidimus enim stellam ejus in oriente, et venimus adorare eum. Audiens autem Herodes rex, turbatus est, et omnis Jerosolyma cum illo. Et congregans omnes principes sacerdotum, et scribas populi, sciscitabatur ab eis ubi Christus nasceretur. At illi dixerunt: In Bethlehem Judæ: sic enim scriptum est per prophetam: [Et tu Bethlehem terra Juda, nequaquam minima es in principibus Juda: ex te enim exiet dux, qui regat populum meum Israël.] Tunc Herodes clam vocatis magis diligenter didicit ab eis tempus stellæ, quæ apparuit eis: et mittens illos in Bethlehem, dixit: Ite, et interrogate diligenter de puero: et cum inveneritis, renuntiate mihi, ut et ego veniens adorem eum. Qui cum audissent regem, abierunt, et ecce stella, quam viderant in oriente, antecedebat eos, usque dum veniens staret supra, ubi erat puer. Videntes autem stellam gavisi sunt gaudio magno valde. Et intrantes domum, invenerunt puerum cum Maria matre ejus, et procidentes adoraverunt eum: et apertis thesauris suis obtulerunt ei munera, aurum, thus, et myrrham. Et responso accepto in somnis ne redirent ad Herodem, per aliam viam reversi sunt in regionem suam.

After Jesus therefore had been born in Bethlehem in Juda during the days of King Herod, behold, Magi 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 worship him.” Hearing this, King Herod was disturbed, and all of Jerusalem with him. And gathering together the chief priests, and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ was born. And they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Juda, for thus it was written by the prophet: ‘And thou, Bethlehem land of Juda, are by no means least among the princes of Juda, for out of thee shall come the leader who shall rule my people Israel.'” Then, Herod, having secretly summoned the Magi, carefully learned from them the time of the star which appeared to them. And sending them into Bethlehem, he said, “Go, and diligently ask about the boy. And when you find him, report to me, so that I also shall come and worship him.” After they heard the king, they left, and behold the star, which they had seen in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the child was. And seeing the star they rejoiced very much with great happiness. And entering into the house, they found the child with his mother Mary, and they fell down and worshipped him. And opening their treasures they offered him gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having received word in their dreams that they should not return to Herod, they went back another way to their country.


  1. nequaquam — by no means, not at all
  2. clam — secretly

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