Matthew 2:1-2, 7-12
(Good News Translation (GNT))
1 Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during
the time when Herod was king. Soon afterward, some men who studied
the stars came from the East to Jerusalem
2 and asked, “Where
is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when
it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him.”
7 So Herod called the visitors from the East to a secret
meeting and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.
8 Then he sent
them to Bethlehem with these instructions: “Go and make a
careful search for the child; and when you find him, let me know,
so that I too may go and worship him.”
9-10 And so they
left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the
East. When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs!
It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the
11 They went into
the house, and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they
knelt down and worshiped him. They brought out their gifts of gold,
frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him.
12 Then they returned
to their country by another road, since God had warned them in a
dream not to go back to Herod.