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7. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8. And 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.

Herod spoke these “words of peace, having war in his heart;" hoping in this way to discover the abode of the infant king, that he might destroy him. He was little aware that the safety of Christ was secured by a guardian who cannot be deceived. And so is the safety of his people too. “ He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”

The twelfth verse acquaints us that God pre. vented the wise men from giving to Herod the information which he sought, and they departed home without returning to Jerusalem. This is one of the facts which fulfil the prophetic words of David, (Ps. ii. 2, 4,) “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against his anointed. He that sitteth in heaven shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision.”

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9. When they had heard the king, they departed ; and lo, the slar which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young

10. When 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.

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vailed, of some mighty king or deliverer, in consequence of the Hebrew prophecies, led them to suppose that this star was connected with his coming. God, however, must have communicated to them, by his Spirit, some surer intimation. So we are told afterwards (v. 12.) that he revealed his will to them in a dream.

3. When Herod the king heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

Herod was troubled, expecting some rival to his power: and Jerusalem, knowing his character, and fearing some new cruelty ; not without too good reason, as soon appeared.

4. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea : for thus it is written by the prophet ;

6. And thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah ; for out of thee shall come a governor that shall rule my people Israel.

The sense of this prophecy (Micah. v. 2) seems to have been well understood by the Jews. We find them arguing, (John vii. 42,) “Hath not the Scripture said, that Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?” They did not, however, understand the nature of his kingdom, or the object of his government.

Had they known that he was to be a spiritual and not a temporal ruler, Herod would not have been troubled, and all Jerusalem with

7. T'hen Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8. And 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.

Herod spoke these “words of peace, having war in his heart :” hoping in this way to discover the abode of the infant king, that he might destroy him. He was little aware that the safety of Christ was secured by a guardian who cannot be deceived. And so is the safety of his people too. “ He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep."

The twelfth verse acquaints us that God pre. vented the wise men from giving to Herod the information which he sought, and they departed home without returning to Jerusalem. This is one of the facts which fulfil the prophetic words of David, (Ps. ii. 2, 4,) “ The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against his anointed. He that sitteth in heaven shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision.”

9. When 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

child was. 10. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

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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.

vailed, of some mighty king or deliverer, in consequence of the Hebrew prophecies, led them to suppose that this star was connected with his coming. God, however, must have communicated to them, by his Spirit, some surer intimation. So we are told afterwards (v. 12.) that he revealed his will to them in a dream.

3. When Herod the king heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

Herod was troubled, expecting some rival to his power: and Jerusalem, knowing his character, and fearing some new cruelty ; not without too good reason, as soon appeared.

4. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea : for thus it is written by the prophet ;

6. And thou, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, art not the least among the princes of Judah; for out of thee shall come a governor that shall rule my people Israel.

The sense of this prophecy (Micah. v. 2) seems to have been well understood by the Jews. We find them arguing, (John vii. 42,) “Hath not the Scripture said, that Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was ?" They did not, however, understand the nature of his kingdom, or the object of his government.

Had they known that he was to be a spiritual and not a temporal ruler, Herod would not have been troubled, and all Jerusalem with

7. T'hen Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8. And 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.

Herod spoke these “words of peace, having war in his heart :” hoping in this way to discover the abode of the infant king, that he might destroy him. He was little aware that the safety of Christ was secured by a guardian who cannot be deceived. And so is the safety of his people too.

• He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep."

The twelfth verse acquaints us that God pre. vented the wise men from giving to Herod the information which he sought, and they departed home without returning to Jerusalem. This is one of the facts which fulfil the prophetic words of David, (Ps. ii. 2, 4,) “The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against his anointed. He that sitteth in heaven shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision.”

9. When they had heard the king, they departed ; and lo, the slar which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10. When 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.

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