Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: MATTHEW - Chapter 2


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 with him.

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 prophet:

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 into Egypt:

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 of Israel.

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 ii. 7.

6: Micheas v. 2.; John vii. 42.

11: Psalm lxxi. 10.

14: Osee xi.

18: Jeremias xxxi. 15.