The offerings of the wise men: the flight into Egypt: the
massacre of the innocents: and the return from Egypt.
1 Now *when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Juda, in the days of king
Herod, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
2 Saying: Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his
star in the east, and we are come to adore him.
3 And Herod the king hearing this, was troubled, and all Jerusalem
4 And assembling together all the chief priests, and the scribes of the
people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born.
5 But they said to him: In Bethlehem of Juda: For so it is written by the
6 *And thou Bethlehem, the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes
of Juda: for out of thee shall come forth the ruler, who shall rule my people Israel.
7 Then Herod privately calling the wise men, inquired of them diligently
the time of the star's appearing to them:
8 And sending them into Bethlehem, said: Go, and search diligently after
the child; and when you have found him, bring me word again, that I also may come and adore him.
9 And when they had heard the king, they went their way: and behold the
star which they had seen in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the child was.
10 And seeing the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother,
and falling down they adored him: *and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 And having received an answer in sleep, that they should not return
to Herod, they went back another way into their own country.
13 And when they were departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in
sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and fly into Egypt, and be there until I shall tell thee.
For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy him.
14 Who, rising up, took the child and his mother by night, and retired
15 And he was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled
which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: *Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16 Then Herod perceiving that he was deluded by the wise men, was exceeding
angry, and sending, killed all the men children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old
and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias the prophet, saying:
18 *A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning: Rachel bewailing
her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
19 But when Herod was dead, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep
to Joseph in Egypt,
20 Saying: Rise, and take the child and his mother, and came into the land
of Israel: for they are dead who sought the life of the child.
21 Who, rising up, took the child, and his mother, and came into the land
22 But hearing that Archelaus reigned in Judea in the room of Herod, his
father, he was afraid to go thither: and being warned in sleep, retired into the parts of Galilee.
23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled,
what was said by prophets: That he shall be called a Nazarene.
1: about the year A.M. 4000[Anno Mundi 4000, in the year
of the world 4000], being four years before the common account called Anno Domini.[A.D., in the year of the Lord]; Luke
6: Micheas v. 2.; John vii. 42.
11: Psalm lxxi. 10.
14: Osee xi.
18: Jeremias xxxi. 15.