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.”
The Wise Men Visit Jesus
1Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea. After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. 2They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose. Now we have come to worship him.”
3When King Herod heard about it, he was very upset. Everyone in Jerusalem was troubled too. 4So Herod called together all the chief priests of the people. He also called the teachers of the law. He asked them where the Messiah was going to be born. 5“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied. “This is what the prophet has written. He said,
6“ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are certainly not the least important among the towns of Judah.
A ruler will come out of you.
He will rule my people Israel like a shepherd.’ ” (Micah 5:2)
7Then Herod secretly called for the Wise Men. He found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem. He said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report it to me. Then I can go and worship him too.”
9After the Wise Men had listened to the king, they went on their way. The star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them. It finally stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. 11The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road.
Jesus’ Family Escapes to Egypt
13When the Wise Men had left, Joseph had a dream. In the dream an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph. “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you to come back. Herod is going to search for the child. He wants to kill him.”
14So Joseph got up. During the night, he left for Egypt with the child and his mother Mary. 15They stayed there until King Herod died. So the words the Lord had spoken through the prophet came true. He had said, “I brought my son out of Egypt.” (Hosea 11:1)
16Herod realized that the Wise Men had tricked him. So he became very angry. He gave orders about Bethlehem and the area around it. He ordered all the boys two years old and under to be killed. This agreed with the time when the Wise Men had seen the star. 17In this way, the words Jeremiah the prophet spoke came true. He had said,
18“A voice is heard in Ramah.
It’s the sound of crying and deep sadness.
Rachel is crying over her children.
She refuses to be comforted,
because they are gone.” (Jeremiah 31:15)
Jesus’ Family Returns to Nazareth
19After Herod died, Joseph had a dream while he was still in Egypt. In the dream an angel of the Lord appeared to him. 20The angel said, “Get up! Take the child and his mother. Go to the land of Israel. The people who were trying to kill the child are dead.”
21So Joseph got up. He took the child and his mother Mary back to the land of Israel. 22But then he heard that Archelaus was king of Judea. Archelaus was ruling in place of his father Herod. This made Joseph afraid to go there. Joseph had been warned in a dream. So he went back to the land of Galilee instead. 23There he lived in a town called Nazareth. So what the prophets had said about Jesus came true. They had said that he would be called a Nazarene.