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A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life

And he sent them to Bethlehem

[Footnote 1: Gr. _bondservant_.]

[Footnote 2: Gr. _Master_.]

[Footnote 3: Or, _the unveiling of the Gentiles_.]

[Footnote 4: Gr. _advanced in many days_.]

[Footnote a: The four New Testament psalms, given by Luke, breathe the atmosphere of Old Testament piety, quite in contrast to the formalism of the Pharisees and yet thoroughly Jewish in background and Christian in sentiment. But it is primitive Christian feeling. Section 7 gives the Magnificat of Mary in response to the song of Elisabeth in Sect. 6. In Sect. 8 we have the _Benedictus_ of Zacharias and in Sect. 13 The _Nunc Dimittis_ of Simeon.]


Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Matt. 2:1-12

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, [1]wise men from the east [_see Num. 2 24:17_] came to Jerusalem, saying, [2]Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and are come to 3 worship him. And when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and 4 all Jerusalem with him. And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them

where the 5 Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea: for thus it is written [3]by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, land of Judah, Art in no wise least among the princes of Judah: For out of thee shall come forth a governor [_see Mic. 5:1-2_], Which shall be shepherd of my people Israel. 7 Then Herod privily called the [1]wise men, and learned of them 8 carefully [4]what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search out carefully concerning the young child; and when ye have found _him_, bring me word, that I 9 also may come and worship him. And they, having heard the king, went their way; and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child 10 was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding 11 great joy. And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts, gold and 12 frankincense and myrrh. And being warned _of God_ in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

[Footnote 1: Gr. _Magi_. Compare Esther 1:13; Dan. 2:12.]

[Footnote 2: Or, _Where is the King of the Jews that is born?_]

[Footnote 3: Or, _through_.]

[Footnote 4: Or, _the time of the star that appeared_.]


Probably B.C. 5

Matt. 2:13-18

13 Now when they were departed, behold, an 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 tell thee: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14 And he arose and took the young child and his mother by night, and 15 departed into Egypt; and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt did I call my son [_see Hos. 11:1_]. 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the [1]wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the male children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had carefully 17 learned of the [1]wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken [2]by Jeremiah the prophet, saying [_see Jer. 31:15_], 18 A voice was heard in Ramah, Weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; And she would not be comforted, because they are not.

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