Nkwa Asem

Mateo 2

Anyansafo a wofi apuei no

1Bere a ɔhene Herode di ade no, na wɔwoo Yesu wɔ Betlehem a ɛwɔ Yudea. Saa bere no ara mu na anyansafo bi fi apuei baa Yerusalem bebisae se, “Ɛhe na Yudafo hene a wɔawo no no wɔ? Yehuu ne nsoromma wɔ apuei nohɔ, nti na yɛaba sɛ yɛrebɛsom no.”

Ɔhene Herode tee saa asɛm yi no, ɛhaw n’adwene yiye. Saa ara nso na ɛhaw Yerusalemfo nyinaa adwene. Ɔhene Herode frɛɛ ɔman no mu asɔfo mpanyin ne kyerɛwsɛm no akyerɛkyerɛfo behyiae. Obisaa wɔn se, “Adiyifo no kyerɛɛ faako a wɔbɛwo Kristo no anaa?” Wobuaa no se, “Betlehem a ɛwɔ Yudea. Na eyi ne nea adiyifo no kae:

“‘O, kurow Betlehem, wo a wonyɛ ketewaa Yudaman mu, wo mu na meyi nea obedi me man Israel anim afi.’“

Ɔhene Herode frɛɛ anyansafo no kokoam bisaa wɔn bere pɔtee a wohuu nsoromma no. Ɔtoaa so ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Monkɔ Betlehem nkɔhwehwɛ abofra no. Sɛ muhu no a, mommɛka nkyerɛ me, na me nso menkɔsom no bi.”

Anyansafo no tiee ɔhene no asɛm no wiei no, wɔkɔe. Wɔrekɔ no, nsoromma a wohuu wɔ apuei no san yii ne ho adi bio kyerɛɛ wɔn. Edii wɔn anim kosii faako a wɔawo abofra no wɔ Betlehem hɔ. 10 Bere a wohuu nsoromma no no, wɔn ani gyee mmoroso.

11 Woduu ofi a abofra no ne ne na Maria wɔ no, wɔkotow, som no. Wɔde wɔn akyɛde a ɛyɛ sikakɔkɔɔ, aduhuam ne kurobow yɛɛ no ayɛ.

12 Onyankopɔn soo wɔn dae bɔɔ wɔn kɔkɔ sɛ wɔnnsan nnkɔ Herode nkyɛn bio wɔ Yerusalem. Enti wɔfaa ɔkwan foforo so kɔɔ wɔn kurom.

Wɔbɔ wɔn ho aguaa kɔ Misraim

13 Anyansafo no kɔe akyi no, Awurade bɔfo soo Yosef dae se, “Sɔre fa abofra no ne ne na, na monkɔ Misraim nkɔtena hɔ nkosi sɛ mɛkyerɛ mo bere a mobɛsan aba. Efisɛ, ɔhene Herode rehwehwɛ abofra no akum no.” 14 Anadwo no ara, Yosef faa abofra no ne Maria siim kɔɔ Misraim, 15 na wɔtenaa hɔ kosii sɛ ɔhene Herode wui. Eyi na ɛmaa nea odiyifo no kae se, “Mafrɛ me ba afi Misraim” no baa mu.

Betlehem mmofra no kum

16 Herode hui sɛ anyansafo no adaadaa no no, ne bo fuwii mmoroso. ɔsomaa n’asraafo sɛ wɔnkɔ Betlehem ne nkurow a atwa ho ahyia no nyinaa mu nkokunkum mmarimaa a wonnii mfe abien kosi wɔn a wɔadi mfe abien so, sɛnea anyansafo no bere a wɔkae se wɔwoo abofra no wɔ mu no kyerɛ no. 17 Herode atirimmɔdensɛm yi maa nea odiyifo Yeremia kae se, 18 “Wɔte nne bi wɔ Rama. Ɛyɛ osu ne agyaadwo; Rahel resu ne mma; ɔmpɛ awerɛkyekye bi, efisɛ, wɔnte ase bio” no baa mu.

Wɔsan ba Nasaret

19 Herode wu akyi no, Awurade bɔfo yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ Yosef wɔ dae mu wɔ Misraim ka kyerɛɛ no se, 20 “Sɔre na fa abofra no ne ne na kɔ Israel asase so, efisɛ, wɔn a wɔpɛe sɛ wokum abofra no no awuwu.”

21 Yosef faa abofra no ne ne na san kɔɔ Israel asase so bio. 22 Yosef tee sɛ Arkelao a ɔyɛ Herode ba na odi hene wɔ Yudea saa bere no mu no, osuroe sɛ ɔbɛkɔ hɔ. Awurade san soo no dae foforo bio se ɔnnkɔ Yudea na mmom, ɔnkɔ Galilea. 23 Enti wɔkɔtenaa kurow Nasaret mu. Eyi nso maa nea odiyifo no kae se, “Wɔbɔfrɛ no Nasaretni no baa mu.

The Message

Matthew 2

Scholars from the East

11-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”

3-4 When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified—and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well. Herod lost no time. He gathered all the high priests and religion scholars in the city together and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

5-6 They told him, “Bethlehem, Judah territory. The prophet Micah wrote it plainly:

It’s you, Bethlehem, in Judah’s land,
    no longer bringing up the rear.
From you will come the leader
    who will shepherd-rule my people, my Israel.”

7-8 Herod then arranged a secret meeting with the scholars from the East. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star appeared. Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, “Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I’ll join you at once in your worship.”

9-10 Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!

11 They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.

12 In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country.

13 After the scholars were gone, God’s angel showed up again in Joseph’s dream and commanded, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him.”

14-15 Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mother under cover of darkness. They were out of town and well on their way by daylight. They lived in Egypt until Herod’s death. This Egyptian exile fulfilled what Hosea had preached: “I called my son out of Egypt.”

16-18 Herod, when he realized that the scholars had tricked him, flew into a rage. He commanded the murder of every little boy two years old and under who lived in Bethlehem and its surrounding hills. (He determined that age from information he’d gotten from the scholars.) That’s when Jeremiah’s sermon was fulfilled:

A sound was heard in Ramah,
    weeping and much lament.
Rachel weeping for her children,
    Rachel refusing all solace,
Her children gone,
    dead and buried.

19-20 Later, when Herod died, God’s angel appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt: “Up, take the child and his mother and return to Israel. All those out to murder the child are dead.”

21-23 Joseph obeyed. He got up, took the child and his mother, and reentered Israel. When he heard, though, that Archelaus had succeeded his father, Herod, as king in Judea, he was afraid to go there. But then Joseph was directed in a dream to go to the hills of Galilee. On arrival, he settled in the village of Nazareth. This move was a fulfillment of the prophetic words, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”