Matthew 2:12
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New International Version
And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

New Living Translation
When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

English Standard Version
And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

New American Standard Bible
And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

King James Bible
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route.

International Standard Version
Having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they left for their own country by a different road.

NET Bible
After being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back by another route to their own country.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And it was seen by them in a dream that they should not return to Herodus, and they went to their country by another road.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they left for their country by another road.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And being warned by divine revelation in dreams that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

King James 2000 Bible
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

American King James Version
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

American Standard Version
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And having received an answer in sleep that they should not return to Herod, they went back another way into their country.

Darby Bible Translation
And being divinely instructed in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

English Revised Version
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Webster's Bible Translation
And being warned by God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

Weymouth New Testament
But being forbidden by God in a dream to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by a different route.

World English Bible
Being warned in a dream that they shouldn't return to Herod, they went back to their own country another way.

Young's Literal Translation
and having been divinely warned in a dream not to turn back unto Herod, through another way they withdrew to their own region.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:9-12 What joy these wise men felt upon this sight of the star, none know so well as those who, after a long and melancholy night of temptation and desertion, under the power of a spirit of bondage, at length receive the Spirit of adoption, witnessing with their spirits that they are the children of God. We may well think what a disappointment it was to them, when they found a cottage was his palace, and his own poor mother the only attendant he had. However, these wise men did not think themselves baffled; but having found the King they sought, they presented their gifts to him. The humble inquirer after Christ will not be stumbled at finding him and his disciples in obscure cottages, after having in vain sought them in palaces and populous cities. Is a soul busy, seeking after Christ? Would it worship him, and does it say, Alas! I am a foolish and poor creature, and have nothing to offer? Nothing! Hast thou not a heart, though unworthy of him, dark, hard, and foul? Give it to him as it is, and be willing that he use and dispose of it as it pleases him; he will take it, and will make it better, and thou shalt never repent having given it to him. He shall frame it to his own likeness, and will give thee himself, and be thine for ever. The gifts the wise men presented were gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Providence sent these as a seasonable relief to Joseph and Mary in their present poor condition. Thus our heavenly Father, who knows what his children need, uses some as stewards to supply the wants of others, and can provide for them, even from the ends of the earth.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - And being warned of God (καὶ χρηματισθέντες; cf. Bishop Westcott, on Hebrews 8:5). And, not "but;" this is joined to the threefold "and" of ver. 11, and is the final example of God's mercy and grace towards them, preserving them from probable death at Herod's hands. In a dream (Matthew 1:20, note). That they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. Perhaps eastwards by Bet Sahur and Mar Saba and Jericho.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Being warned of God in a dream,.... It is likely they made a short stay at Bethlehem, might lodge there a night; at least laid themselves down a while to take some refreshment in sleep, after they had paid their respects to him that was born king of the Jews, and performed the whole business they came about; when in a dream they received a divine oracle, were admonished and counselled by God,

that they should not return to Herod: which would have been going back again, and out of their way; there being a nearer one from Bethlehem to their own country, than to go by Jerusalem, though Herod had charged them to return to him. Whether they had promised him they would, is not certain; it is probable they might; however, they thought it most advisable to hearken to the divine oracle; wherefore,

they departed into their own country another way. What became of these persons afterwards, and whether they were spiritually and savingly enlightened into the knowledge of Christ; what a report they made of him when they came into their own country, and the success thereof, we have no account of, either in sacred or profane history.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed—or, "withdrew."

to their own country another way—What a surprise would this vision be to the sages, just as they were preparing to carry the glad news of what they had seen to the pious king! But the Lord knew the bloody old tyrant better than to let him see their face again.

Matthew 2:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Pilgrimage of the Magi
11After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.
Cross References
Job 33:15
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds,

Job 33:16
he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,

Matthew 1:20
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 2:13
When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."

Matthew 2:19
After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt

Matthew 2:22
But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee,

Matthew 27:19
While Pilate was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent him this message: "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him."

Luke 2:26
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.

Acts 10:22
The men replied, "We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say."

Hebrews 8:5
They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."

Hebrews 11:7
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
Treasury of Scripture

And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

warned.

Matthew 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room …

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD …

Matthew 27:19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, …

Genesis 20:6,7 And God said to him in a dream, Yes, I know that you did this in …

Genesis 31:24 And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said to …

Job 33:15-17 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, …

Daniel 2:19 Then was the secret revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel …

they departed.

Exodus 1:17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded …

Acts 4:19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it be right …

Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to …

1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, …

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