Matthew 2:20
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New International Version
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."

New Living Translation
"Get up!" the angel said. "Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead."

English Standard Version
saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”

New American Standard Bible
"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."

King James Bible
Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
saying, "Get up! Take the child and His mother and go to the land of Israel, because those who sought the child's life are dead."

International Standard Version
"Get up," he said. "Take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead."

NET Bible
saying, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child's life are dead."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he said to him, “Arise, take The Boy and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the Boy's life have died.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The angel said to him, "Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to Israel. Those who tried to kill the child are dead."

Jubilee Bible 2000
saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother and go into the land of Israel, for they are dead who sought the death of the young child.

King James 2000 Bible
Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead who sought the young child's life.

American King James Version
Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.

American Standard Version
Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead that sought the young child's life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Saying: Arise, and take the child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel. For they are dead that sought the life of the child.

Darby Bible Translation
Arise, take to [thee] the little child and its mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they who sought the life of the little child are dead.

English Revised Version
saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead that sought the young child's life.

Webster's Bible Translation
Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead who sought the young child's life.

Weymouth New Testament
"Rise from sleep, and take the child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child's life are dead."

World English Bible
"Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel, for those who sought the young child's life are dead."

Young's Literal Translation
saying, 'Having risen, take the child and his mother, and be going to the land of Israel, for they have died -- those seeking the life of the child.'
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

Verse 20. - Saying, Arise, and take the young Child and his mother (so far verbally equivalent to ver. 13). And go into the land. of Israel; any part of the holy and promised land (1 Samuel 13:19; Ezekiel 11:17). For they are dead which sought the young Child's life. The plural is difficult, and is perhaps best explained as an adaptation of the historic parallel of Exodus 4:19.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Saying, arise, and take the young child and his mother,.... Joseph strictly observed and obeyed the divine command of the angel, who had ordered him to continue in Egypt, till he brought him word what he should do, and where he should go: here he was with Mary and Jesus, when the angel bid him arise, and take them with him,

and go into the land of Israel. He does not bid him go to Bethlehem or Nazareth, or any particular place, but the land of Israel, where he might go even into any part of it, without fear; and gives this reason for it,

for they are dead which sought the young child's life; meaning either Herod only, the plural number being put for the singular; or including Antipater his son with him, who might be equally concerned in seeking the life of Christ; since he was next heir, and whom Herod (z) ordered to be slain about five days before his death; or else designing with him many of the executioners of the infants at Bethlehem, and thereabout; who might have been, as well as he, miserable instances of divine vengeance, for their concern in that barbarous tragedy.

(z) Joseph. de Bello Judaico, l. 1. c. 33. sect. 8, 9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel—not to the land of Judea, for he was afterward expressly warned not to settle there, nor to Galilee, for he only went thither when he found it unsafe to settle in Judea but to "the land of Israel," in its most general sense; meaning the Holy Land at large—the particular province being not as yet indicated. So Joseph and the Virgin had, like Abraham, to "go out, not knowing whither they went," till they should receive further direction.

for they are dead which sought the young child's life—a common expression in most languages where only one is meant, who here is Herod. But the words are taken from the strikingly analogous case in Ex 4:19, which probably suggested the plural here; and where the command is given to Moses to return to Egypt for the same reason that the greater than Moses was now ordered to be brought back from it—the death of him who sought his life. Herod died in the seventieth year of his age, and thirty-seventh of his reign.

Matthew 2:20 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." 21So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel.…
Cross References
Matthew 2:19
After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt

Matthew 2:21
So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.

arise.

Matthew 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appears …

Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding…

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Exodus 4:19 And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for …

1 Kings 11:21,40 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers, …

1 Kings 12:1-3 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem …

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