Testament of Matthew

Matthew 2


1. Then as Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, there came Magi from the East to Jerusalem;
2. And they said, "Where is the King of the Jews who was born? For we saw his star in the East and we have come to worship him."
3. When King Herod heard of this, he was shaken, and all Jerusalem with him.
4. He gathered all the leaders of the high priests and the scribes of the people and asked them where would the Messiah be born?
5. However, they said, "In the Bethlehem of Judea, for thus the prophet wrote,

6. " 'You too, Bethlehem of Judah
are not the lesser among the rulers of Judah,
For out of you will emerge a King,
who will shepherd my people Israel.' "

7. Then, Herod secretly called the Magi, and learned from them in which season the star appeared to them.
8. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and told them, "Go and investigate thoroughly about the boy, and when you find him, come and show me, so I too may go and worship him."
9. However, as they heard this from the king, they went away. And, behold, that star that they had seen in the East went before them, until it came just above where the child was.
10. When they saw the star they were exceedingly overjoyed.
11. And they entered the house and saw the child with his mother Mary, and they fell down, worshipped him and opened their treasures and offered him gifts, gold and myrrh and frankincense.
12. And it appeared to them in a dream, that they should not return to Herod, and they went to their country by another way.
13. Following their departure, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, and told them, "Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod has prepared to search for the boy to destroy him."
14. Joseph then rose, took the child and his mother, by night, and fled to Egypt,
15. And they stayed there until the death of Herod, so that what the Lord had said through the prophet may be fulfilled, when he said, "From Egypt I called out my son."

16. Then when Herod saw that the Magi laughed at him, he became furious and sent for all the boys to be killed in Bethlehem and all its districts, those from two years and under, according to the period designated by the Magi.
17. Then it was fulfilled, the thing that was told by the prophet Jeremiah, who said,

18. "A voice was heard in Ramtha,
crying and loud wailing,
Rachel weeping for her sons,
and refusing to be consoled,
Because they were no more."

19. However, when Herod died, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in Egypt,
20. And he told him, "Rise, take the little boy and his mother and go to the land of Israel, because those who sought the boy's life are dead."
21. And Joseph rose, took the little boy and his mother and came to the land of Israel.
22. However, as he heard that Archelaus became king of Judah in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And he saw in a dream that he went to the country of Galilee.
23. And he came and lived in the town called Nazareth*, so that what the prophets had said, came to be fulfilled, that "Victorious" he shall be called.

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*2:23 In Aramaic, pronounced: "Nuss-rat," meaning: "The victorious."
Or, of the town of Nazareth.

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