When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, |Where is the newly born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.|
When Herod heard these things, he and every one else in Jerusalem were greatly troubled. So when he had gathered all the high priests and scribes together, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, |In Bethlehem of Judea.|
[Illustration:(C) Curtis Publishing Company
The Three Wise Men
Painted by W. L. Taylor]
Then Herod privately called the wise men and asked them exactly how long the star had been seen since it appeared in the east. And he sent them to Bethlehem with the command, |Go and search carefully for the young child, and when you have found him, come and let me know, that I also may go and worship him.| When they had heard the king, they went away, and the star which they had seen in the east went before them until it stood over the place where the young child was. They were overjoyed at the sight; and when they came into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt down and worshipped him. Opening their treasures they presented to him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by another way.