Matthew 2:1-18

Rough Translation


1) And after Jesus was born (gen. abs.) in Bethlehem of Judah in (the) days of Herod the King, behold, magi (astrologers, wise men, magicians?) from (the) East (pl. the regions or the Anatolians?) became alongside (came on the scene?) into Jerusalem 2) saying, "Where is the one having been born king of the Jews? For we saw of him the star in the East (sing.) and we came to worship him." 3) And King Herod having heard was stirred up (troubled?) and all Jerusalem with him. 4) And having led (gathered?) together all the chief priests and scribes of the people he inquired of them where the Christ is born. 5) And they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judah: for thus it is written through the prophet,

6) "And you Bethlehem, (of) Judah land,
          in no way are you least among the leaders (governors?) of Judah
For out of you will come out a leader
          whosoever will shepherd my people Israel."

7) Then Herod secretly having called the magi made exact inquiry from them with respect to (acc.) the time of the being manifest (Gr. root for epiphany) star. 8) And having sent them into Bethlehem he said, "In the event you should find, you all announce to me, in order that I also having come might worship him." 9) And they having heard the king went and, behold, the star that they saw in the East (sing.) led before them until (it) having come stood upon where was the child. 10) And having seen the star they rejoiced an exceedingly great joy. 11) And having come into the household they saw the child with Mary his mother and having fallen down they worshiped him and having opened their treasures they brought to him gifts, gold and incense and myrrh (Gr. smyrna). 12) And having been warned (by in oracular disclosure?) in a dream not to return (Gr. "anakampo" only here in Mt., Lk. 10:6; Acts 18:21; Heb. 11:15 in NT) toward Herod, through another road they returned (Gr. "anachoreo") to their region (Gr. "chora"). 13) And when they returned (Gr. again "anachoreo"; gen. abs.), behold, the angel of the Lord was manifest (again Gr. root for epiphany) in a dream to Joseph (not present in v. 10?) saying, "having risen take along the child and his mother and flee into Egypt and be (Gr. "isthi" from "eime") there until I say to you, for Herod is about to seek the child to kill it." 14) And he having arisen took the child and his mother at night (gen.) and returned (Gr. same as v. 13) into Egypt 15) and was there until the end of Herod in order that might be full the thing having been spoken by (the) Lord through the prophet saying, "Out of Egypt I called my son." 16) Then Herod having seen that he was taken in (made fun of? Cf. Mk. 15:31) by the magi raged exceedingly and having commissioned murdered (Gr. "anaireo") all the children those in Bethlehem and in all her territories from two years old and under according to the time which he made exact inquiry from the magi. 17) Then became full the thing having been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet saying,

18) "a voice was heard in Rama
          much weeping and wailing
Rachael crying with regard to her children
          and she wished not to be comforted (advocated?)
because they were not."