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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Matthew 2:9-12

We have here the wise men's humble attendance upon this new-born King of the Jews, and the honours they paid him. From Jerusalem they went to Bethlehem, resolving to seek till they should find; but it is very strange that they went alone; that not one person of the court, church, or city, should accompany them, if not in conscience, yet in civility to them, or touched with a curiosity to see this young prince. As the queen of the south, so the wise men of the east, will rise up in judgment... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Matthew 2:3-9

2:3-9 When Herod the king heard or this he was disturbed, and so was all Jerusalem with him. So he collected all the chief priests and scribes of the people, and asked them where the Anointed One of God was to be born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem in Judaea. For so it stands written through the prophets, 'And you Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means the least among the leaders of Judah. For there shall come forth from you the leader, who will be a shepherd to my people Israel.'"... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Matthew 2:9-12

2:9-12 And, behold, the star, which they had seen in its rising, led them on until it came and stood over the place where the little child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. When they came into the house, they saw the little child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him; and they opened their treasures, and offered to him gifts, gold, frankincense and myrrh. And because a message from God came to them in a dream, telling them not to go... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Matthew 2:9

When they had heard the king ,.... With great care and attention, what he had told them of the birth place of the young child; the strict charge he had given them to search diligently for him, and then return to him with an account of the whole affair; and his expressions of respect to the new born prince, which they took to be said in great sincerity, they departed ; took their leave of Herod and his court, and set forward on their journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem: and lo , to... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 2:9

In the east - Or, at its rise. See Matthew 2:2 . Stood over where the young child was - Super caput pueri , Over the head of the child, as the Opus Imperfectum, on this place, has it. See Griesbach's Var. Lect. So it appears to have been a simple luminous meteor in a star-like form, and at a very short distance from the ground, otherwise it could not have ascertained the place where the child lay. But the last quoted reading, from the Opus Imperfectum, justifies the opinion that the... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Matthew 2:9

Verse 9 9.But they, having heard the King, departed It is truly an instance of base sluggishness, that not one of the Jews offers himself as an escort to those foreigners, to go and see the King who had been promised to their own nation. The scribes show them the way, and point out the place where he was born; but they allow them to depart alone: not one moves a step. They were afraid, perhaps, of Herod’s cruelty: but it displayed wicked ingratitude that, for the sake of the salvation which had... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 2:1-10

The star. Luke mentions the occurrence of a grand celestial illumination celebrating the nativity of Jesus, which was witnessed by Jewish shepherds, Matthew here records another heavenly sign, discerned by Gentile scientists. Such phenomena—severally seen by Jew and Gentile, by peasants and by scholars, by persons in humble station and by those of wealth and standing—authenticated this, viz. that the great event so celebrated concerns all sorts and conditions of men. We have here especially... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 2:1-12

Born at Bethlehem , according to prophecy , he receives there the homage of representatives of the , heathen world. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 2:1-12

The Wise Men from the East. I. THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES . 1 . They were Gentiles. The first chapter represents the Lord Jesus as a Jew, the Son of David, the long-expected Messiah. The second chapter tells us that the Gentiles also have an interest in the new-born Saviour. He came to bear the sins of the world, to be the Saviour of the world; to be not only "the Glory of his people Israel," but also "a Light to lighten the Gentiles." Ancient prophecy had foretold that "the Gentiles... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Matthew 2:1-12

The pilgrimage of the Magi. The way in which these men acted throws a flood of light on their characters.; at the same time, it opens up to us lessons of general application. The Magi are examples to us in their effort to find Christ, and in their conduct when they had found him. I. THE SEARCH FOR CHRIST . 1 . Its origin. The Magi had seen "his star in the East." This appearance was in accordance with the character of their own study and observation. God can use a variety... read more

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