|1||τοῦ δὲ Ἰησοῦ γεννηθέντος ἐν Βηθλέεμ τῆς Ἰουδαίας ἐν ἡμέραις Ἡρῴδου τοῦ βασιλέως, ἰδοὺ μάγοι ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν παρεγένοντο εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα||JESUS WAS BORN at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of Herod. After his birth astrologers from the east arrived in Jerusalem, asking,||The Visit of the Wise Men Mt.2.1-12|
|2||λέγοντες, ποῦ ἐστιν ὁ τεχθεὶς βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων; εἰδομεν γὰρ αὐτοῦ τὸν ἀστέρα ἐν τῇ ἀνατολῇ καὶ ἠλθομεν προσκυνῆσαι αὐτῷ.||'Where is the child who is born to be king of the Jews? We observed the rising of his star, and we have come to pay him homage.'|
|3||ἀκούσας δὲ ὁ βασιλεὺς Ἡρῴδης ἐταράχθη καὶ πᾶσα Ἱεροσόλυμα μετ' αὐτοῦ,||King Herod was greatly perturbed when he heard this; and so was the whole of Jerusalem.|
|4||καὶ συναγαγὼν πάντας τοὺς ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ γραμματεῖς τοῦ λαοῦ ἐπυνθάνετο παρ' αὐτῶν ποῦ ὁ Χριστὸς γεννᾶται.||He called a meeting of the chief priests and lawyers of the Jewish people, and put before them the question: 'Where is it that the Messiah is to be born?'|
|5||οἱ δὲ εἶπαν αὐτῷ, Ἠν Βηθλέεμ τῆς Ἰουδαίας·
οὑτως γὰρ γέγραπται διὰ τοῦ προφήτου·
|'At Bethlehem in Judaea', they replied; |
and they referred him to the prophecy which reads:
|6||Καὶ σύ, Βηθλέεμ γῆ Ἰούδα,
οὐδαμῶς ἐλαχίστη εἶ ἐν τοῖς ἡγεμόσιν Ἰούδα·
ἐκ σοῦ γὰρ ἐξελεύσεται ἡγούμενος,
ὅστις ποιμανεῖ τὸν λαόν μου τὸν Ἰσραήλ.
|'Bethlehem in the land of Judah, |
you are far from least in the eyes of the rulers of Judah;
for out of you shall come a leader to be the shepherd of my people Israel.'
|- And you, O Bethlehem Mt.2.6 | Mic.5.2|
|7||Τότε Ἡρῴδης λάθρᾳ καλέσας τοὺς μάγους ἠκρίβωσεν παρ' αὐτῶν τὸν χρόνον τοῦ φαινομένου ἀστέρος,||Herod next called the astrologers to meet him in private, and ascertained from them the time when the star had appeared.|
|8||καὶ πέμψας αὐτοὺς εἰς Βηθλέεμ εἶπεν,
Πορευθέντες ἐξετάσατε ἀκριβῶς περὶ τοῦ παιδίου· ἐπὰν δὲ εὑρητε ἀπαγγείλατέ μοι, ὁπως κἀγὼ ἐλθὼν προσκυνήσω αὐτῷ.
|He then sent them on to Bethlehem, and said, 'Go and make a careful inquiry for the child. When you have found him, report to me, so that I may go myself and pay him homage.'|
|9||οἱ δὲ ἀκούσαντες τοῦ βασιλέως ἐπορεύθησαν, καὶ ἰδοὺ ὁ ἀστὴρ ὃν εἶδον ἐν τῇ ἀνατολῇ προῆγεν αὐτοὺς ἑως ἐλθὼν ἐστάθη ἐπάνω οὗ ἦν τὸ παιδίον.||They set out at the king's bidding; and the star which they had seen at its rising went ahead of them until it stopped above the place where the child lay.|
|10||ἰδόντες δὲ τὸν ἀστέρα ἐχάρησαν χαρὰν μεγάλην σφόδρα.||At the sight of the star they were overjoyed.|
|11||καὶ ἐλθόντες εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν εἶδον τὸ παιδίον μετὰ Μαρίας τῆς μητρὸς αὐτοῦ, καὶ πεσόντες προσεκύνησαν αὐτῷ, καὶ ἀνοίξαντες τοὺς θησαυροὺς αὐτῶν προσήνεγκαν αὐτῷ δῶρα, χρ υσὸν καὶ λίβανον καὶ Σμύρνα||Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and bowed to the ground in homage to him; then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.|
|12||καὶ χρηματισθέντες κατ' ὀναρ μὴ ἀνακάμψαι πρὸς Ἡρῴδην, δῖ ἀλλης ὁδοῦ ἀνεχώρησαν εἰς τὴν χώραν αὐτῶν.
||And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned home another way.|
|13||ἀναχωρησάντων δὲ αὐτῶν ἰδοὺ ἀγγελος κυρίου φαίνεται κατ' ὀναρ τῷ Ἰωσὴφ λέγων, ἐγερθεὶς παράλαβε τὸ παιδίον καὶ τὴν μητέρα αὐτοῦ καὶ φεῦγε εἰς Αἰγυπτον, καὶ ἰσθι ἐκεῖ ἑως ἂν εἰπω σοι· μέλλει γὰρ Ἡρῴδης ζητεῖν τὸ παιδίον τοῦ ἀπολέσαι αὐτό.||After they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, and said to him, 'Rise up, take the child and his mother and escape with them to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the child to do away with him.||The Flight to Egypt Mt.2.13-15|
|14||ὁ δὲ ἐγερθεὶς παρέλαβεν τὸ παιδίον καὶ τὴν μητέρα αὐτοῦ νυκτὸς καὶ ἀνεχώρησεν εἰς Αἰγυπτον,||So Joseph rose from sleep, and taking mother and child by night he went away with them to Egypt,|
|15||καὶ ἦν ἐκεῖ ἑως τῆς τελευτῆς Ἡρῴδου·
ἵνα πληρωθῇ τὸ ῥηθὲν ὑπὸ κυρίου διὰ τοῦ προφήτου λέγοντος, Ἐξ Αἰγύπτου ἐκάλεσα τὸν υἱόν μου.
|and there he stayed till Herod's death. |
This was to fulfil what the Lord had declared through the prophet: 'I called my son out of Egypt.'
|- Out of Egypt have I called my son Mt.2.15 | Hs.11.1|
|16||Τότε Ἡρῴδης ἰδὼν ὅτι ἐνεπαίχθη ὑπὸ τῶν μάγων ἐθυμώθη λίαν, καὶ ἀποστείλας ἀνεῖλεν πάντας τοὺς παῖδας τοὺς ἐν Βηθλέεμ καὶ ἐν πᾶσι τοῖς ὁρίοις αὐτῆς ἀπὸ διετοῦς καὶ κατωτέρω, κατὰ τὸν χρόνον ὃν ἠκρίβωσεν παρὰ τῶν μάγων.||When Herod saw how the astrologers had tricked him he fell into a passion, and gave orders for the massacre of all children in Bethlehem and its neighbourhood, of the age of two years or less, corresponding with the time he had ascertained from the astrologers.||The Slaying of the Infants Mt.2.16-18|
|17||τότε ἐπληρώθη τὸ ῥηθὲν διὰ Ἰερεμίου τοῦ προφήτου λέγοντος,||So the words spoken through Jeremiah the prophet were fulfilled:|
|18||Φωνὴ ἐν Ῥαμὰ ἠκούσθη,
κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὀδυρμὸς πολύς:
Ῥαχὴλ κλαίουσα τὰ τέκνα αὐτῆς,
καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν παρακληθῆναι, ὅτι οὐκ εἰσίν.
|'A voice was heard in Rama, |
wailing and loud laments;
it was Rachel weeping for her children,
and refusing all consolation,
because they were no more.'
|- A voice was heard in Ramah Mt.2.18 | Jr.31.15|
|19||Τελευτήσαντος δὲ τοῦ Ἡρῴδου ἰδοὺ ἀγγελος κυρίου φαίνεται κατ' ὀναρ τῷ Ἰωσὴφ ἐν Αἰγύπτῳ||The time came that Herod died; and an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said to him,||The Return from Egypt Mt.2.19-23|
|20||λέγων, Ἐγερθεὶς παράλαβε τὸ παιδίον καὶ τὴν μητέρα αὐτοῦ καὶ πορεύου εἰς γῆν Ἰσραήλ, τεθνήκασιν γὰρ οἱ ζητοῦντες τὴν ψυχὴν τοῦ παιδίου.||'Rise up, take the child and his mother, and go with them to the land of Israel, for the men who threatened the child's life are dead.'|
|21||ὁ δὲ ἐγερθεὶς παρέλαβεν τὸ παιδίον καὶ τὴν μητέρα αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς γῆν Ἰσραήλ.||So he rose, took mother and child with him, and came to the land of Israel.|
|22||ἀκούσας δὲ ὅτι Ἀρχέλαος βασιλεύει τῆς Ἰουδαίας ἀντὶ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ Ἡρῴδου ἐφοβήθη ἐκεῖ ἀπελθεῖν· χρηματισθεὶς δὲ κατ' ὀναρ ἀνεχώρησεν εἰς τὰ μέρη τῆς Γαλιλαίας,||Hearing, however, that Archelaus had succeeded his father Herod as king of Judaea, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by a dream, he withdrew to the region of Galilee;|
|23||καὶ ἐλθὼν κατῴκησεν εἰς πόλιν λεγομένην Ναζαρέτ, ὁπως πληρωθῇ τὸ ῥηθὲν διὰ τῶν προφητῶν ὅτι Ναζωραῖος κληθήσεται.
||there he settled in a town called Nazareth. This was to fulfil the words spoken through the prophets: 'He shall be called a Nazarene.'|
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