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

New Living Translation
When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt.

English Standard Version
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

New American Standard Bible
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said,

King James Bible
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
After Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

International Standard Version
But after Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt.

NET Bible
After Herod had died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But when Herodus The King died, The Angel of THE LORD JEHOVAH appeared in a dream to Yoseph in Egypt.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After Herod was dead, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But when Herod was dead, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared in dreams to Joseph in Egypt,

King James 2000 Bible
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

American King James Version
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appears in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

American Standard Version
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But when Herod was dead, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt,

Darby Bible Translation
But Herod having died, behold, an angel of [the] Lord appears in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying,

English Revised Version
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

Webster's Bible Translation
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

Weymouth New Testament
But after Herod's death an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said to him,

World English Bible
But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And Herod having died, lo, a messenger of the Lord in a dream doth appear to Joseph in Egypt,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:19-23 Egypt may serve to sojourn in, or take shelter in, for awhile, but not to abide in. Christ was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, to them he must return. Did we but look upon the world as our Egypt, the place of our bondage and banishment, and heaven only as our Canaan, our home, our rest, we should as readily arise and depart thither, when we are called for, as Joseph did out of Egypt. The family must settle in Galilee. Nazareth was a place held in bad esteem, and Christ was crucified with this accusation, Jesus the Nazarene. Wherever Providence allots the bounds of our habitation, we must expect to share the reproach of Christ; yet we may glory in being called by his name, sure that if we suffer with him, we shall also be glorified with him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 19-23. - The return from Egypt and settlement in Nazareth. Verse 19. - But when Herod was dead. Does the repetition of the tenor of ver. 15 point to a different source? Behold, an angel (rightly; contrast Matthew 1:20, note) of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph (φαίνεται κατ ὄναρ, as in ver. 13). In both cases the stress is on the fact of the appearance, not on its mode. In Egypt. The evangelist will leave no room for doubt as to where Joseph then was (cf. note at head of chapter).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But when Herod was dead,.... Who died, as before observed, a few months after this tragedy was acted; and, according to the (w) Jewish writers, on the seventh day of the month Cisleu, and which answers to the twenty fifth of our November: and was afterwards observed as a day of rejoicing by the Jews. The account which Josephus (x), and from him Eusebius (y), gives of his miserable death, is as follows; a burning fever seized him, with an intolerable itching all over his body, and continual pains of the colic; his feet swelled with a dropsy; he had an inflammation in the lower part of his belly: a putrefaction in his privy parts, which bred worms; a frequency and difficulty of breathing, and convulsions in all his members; he had a voracious appetite, a stinking breath, and his intestines abounded with ulcers; when he found that all means made use of were ineffectual, and that he must die, he attempted to lay violent hands upon himself, but was prevented, and soon after expired in a very miserable manner. Now some time after his death,

behold an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. It may be the same angel who appeared in the same manner, and ordered him to go into Egypt, with the young child and his mother; and who now brings him news of the death of Herod, and bids him return to the land of Israel; which shows the watchful providence of God, and the useful ministry of angels, concerned in the preservation of the infant Jesus.

(w) Megillah Taanith apud Van Till. de anno, &c. Christ. Nat. p. 122. (x) De Bello Judaic. l. 1. c. 33. sect. 5. 7. & Antiq. l. 17. c. 9. (y) Eccl. Hist. l. 1. c. 8. p. 25, 26.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. But when Herod was dead—Miserable Herod! Thou thoughtest thyself safe from a dreaded Rival; but it was He only that was safe from thee; and thou hast not long enjoyed even this fancied security. See on [1207]Mt 2:15.

behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt—Our translators, somewhat capriciously, render the same expression "the angel of the Lord," Mt 1:20; 2:13; and "an angel of the Lord," as here. As the same angel appears to have been employed on all these high occasions—and most likely he to whom in Luke is given the name of "Gabriel," Lu 1:19, 26—perhaps it should in every instance except the first, be rendered "the angel."

Matthew 2:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Return to Nazareth
19But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, and said, 20"Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child's life are dead."…
Cross References
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 2:12
And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

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 2:20
and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."

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."

Acts 5:19
But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out.
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