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Matthew 2

The Magi Visit the Messiah

1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’[b]

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

The Escape to Egypt

13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”[c]

16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
    weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
    and refusing to be comforted,
    because they are no more.”[d]

The Return to Nazareth

19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”

21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

Notas al pie

  1. Matthew 2:1 Traditionally wise men
  2. Matthew 2:6 Micah 5:2,4
  3. Matthew 2:15 Hosea 11:1
  4. Matthew 2:18 Jer. 31:15

Knijga O Kristu

Evanđelje po Mateju 2

Dar zvjezdoznanaca

1Isus se rodio u gradu Betlehemu u Judeji za vladavine kralja Heroda. U to vrijeme neki mudraci s Istoka stignu u Jeruzalem i stanu se raspitivati:

'Gdje je taj novorođeni kralj židova? Vidjeli smo njegovu zvijezdu na istoku pa smo mu se došli pokloniti.'

To veoma uznemiri kralja Heroda, a i sav Jeruzalem.

Kralj sazove svećeničke poglavare i pismoznance da se raspita gdje se Krist treba roditi.

'U Betlehemu u Judeji
    'Betleheme, ti nisi samo nevažno judejsko selo, jer će iz tebe poteći vladar koji će voditi moj narod, Izrael.''[a]

Tada Herod potajno pošalje po mudrace da od njih dozna vrijeme pojavka zvijezde.

Zatim 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.'

Poslušali 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.

10 Kad su ju ugledali, silno su se razveselili.

11 Uđu 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.

12 Poslije toga su u snu dobili upute da se ne vraćaju k Herodu, te su se u svoju zemlju vratili drugim putem.

Bijeg u Egipat

13 Kad su otišli, anđeo se Gospodnji ukaže u snu Josipu. 'Ustani i bježi u Egipat s djetetom i s njegovom majkom

14 Josip ustane i još se iste noći zaputi u Egipat s Marijom i djetetom.

15 Ostao je ondje sve do Herodove smrti. Time se ispunilo što je Gospodin rekao preko proroka: 'Pozvao sam svojega sina iz Egipta.'[b]

16 Kad 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.

17 Tako se ispunilo proročanstvo proroka Jeremije:
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

19 Kad je Herod umro, u Egiptu se anđeo Gospodnji ukaže Josipu u snu i reče mu:

20 'Ustani i povedi dijete i njegovu majku natrag u izraelsku zemlju, jer su oni koji su ga pokušavali ubiti mrtvi.'

21 On ustane, uzme dijete i majku i vrati se u Izrael.

22 Putem 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

23 i nastani se u Nazaretu. Time se ispunilo što su o Mesiji napisali proroci: 'Zvat će se Nazarećanin.'

Notas al pie

  1. Evanđelje po Mateju 2:6 Mihej 5:2; 2 Samuel 5:2.
  2. Evanđelje po Mateju 2:15 Hošea 11:1.