1Isus se rodio u gradu Betlehemu u Judeji za vladavine kralja Heroda. U to vrijeme neki mudraci s Istoka stignu u Jeruzalem 2i stanu se raspitivati: “Gdje je taj novorođeni kralj Židova? Vidjeli smo njegovu zvijezdu na istoku pa smo mu se došli pokloniti.”
3To veoma uznemiri kralja Heroda, a i sav Jeruzalem. 4Kralj sazove svećeničke poglavare i pismoznance da se raspita gdje se Krist treba roditi. 5“U Betlehemu u Judeji”, odgovore mu, “jer je prorok napisao:
6‘Betleheme, ti nisi samo nevažno judejsko selo,
jer će iz tebe poteći vladar
koji će voditi moj narod, Izrael.’”2:6 Mihej 5:2; 2 Samuelova 5:2.
7Tada Herod potajno pošalje po mudrace da od njih dozna vrijeme pojavka zvijezde. 8Zatim ih pošalje u Betlehem: “Pođite i pomnjivo se raspitajte za dijete. Kad ga pronađete, vratite se i javite mi da mu se i ja pođem pokloniti.”
9Poslušali su kralja i pošli. I gle! Zvijezda koju su vidjeli da izlazi išla je pred njima sve dok se nije zaustavila iznad mjesta gdje se nalazilo dijete. 10Kad su ju ugledali, silno su se razveselili. 11Uđu u kuću i ugledaju dijete s njegovom majkom Marijom te padnu ničice i poklone mu se. Zatim otvore škrinje s blagom i daruju mu zlato, tamjan i smirnu. 12Poslije toga su u snu dobili upute da se ne vraćaju k Herodu, te su se u svoju zemlju vratili drugim putem.
Bijeg u Egipat
13Kad su otišli, anđeo se Gospodnji ukaže u snu Josipu. “Ustani i bježi u Egipat s djetetom i s njegovom majkom”, reče anđeo, “i ostani ondje sve dok ti ne kažem da se vratiš jer će kralj Herod tražiti dijete da ga ubije.”
14Josip ustane i još se iste noći zaputi u Egipat s Marijom i djetetom. 15Ostao je ondje sve do Herodove smrti. Time se ispunilo što je Gospodin rekao preko proroka: “Pozvao sam svojega sina iz Egipta.”2:15 Hošea 11:1.
16Kad uvidi da su ga mudraci izigrali, Herod se silno razgnjevi i pošalje vojnike da u Betlehemu i po svoj okolici pobiju sve dječake od dvije godine i mlađe, prema vremenu izlaska zvijezde za koje se raspitao u mudraca. 17Tada se ispunilo ono što je rekao prorok Jeremija:
18“U Rami se čuje glas,
zapomaganje i gorak plač;
to Rahela oplakuje svoju djecu
i ne dade se utješiti jer ih više nema.”
Povratak iz Egipta
19Kad je Herod umro, u Egiptu se anđeo Gospodnji ukaže Josipu u snu 20i reče mu: “Ustani i povedi dijete i njegovu majku natrag u izraelsku zemlju, jer su oni koji su ga pokušavali ubiti mrtvi.” 21On ustane, uzme dijete i majku i vrati se u Izrael. 22Putem dozna da je novim kraljem postao Arhelaj, Herodov sin, pa se prestraši. Tada i u snu dobije upozorenje da ne ide u Judeju, te umjesto toga ode u Galileju 23i nastani se u Nazaretu. Time se ispunilo što su o Mesiji napisali proroci: “Zvat će se Nazarećanin.”
1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11¶ And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 13And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16¶ Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. 17Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 18In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
19¶ But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. 21And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.