Matthew 2:7
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New International Version
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.

New Living Translation
Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared.

English Standard Version
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared.

Berean Study Bible
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and learned from them the exact time the star had appeared.

Berean Literal Bible
Then Herod, having called the Magi secretly, inquired of them the exact time of the star appearing.

New American Standard Bible
Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared.

King James Bible
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared.

International Standard Version
Then Herod secretly called together the wise men, found out from them the time the star had appeared,

NET Bible
Then Herod privately summoned the wise men and determined from them when the star had appeared.

New Heart English Bible
Then Herod secretly called the wise men, and learned from them exactly what time the star appeared.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And then Herodus secretly called The Magi and learned from them at what time the star had appeared to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Herod secretly called the wise men and found out from them exactly when the star had appeared.

New American Standard 1977
Then Herod secretly called the magi, and ascertained from them the time the star appeared.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Herod, calling the wise men unto him secretly, understood of them with diligence the time of the appearing of the star;

King James 2000 Bible
Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

American King James Version
Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

American Standard Version
Then Herod privily called the Wise-men, and learned of them exactly what time the star appeared.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Herod, privately calling the wise men, learned diligently of them the time of the star which appeared to them;

Darby Bible Translation
Then Herod, having secretly called the magi, inquired of them accurately the time of the star that was appearing;

English Revised Version
Then Herod privily called the wise men, and learned of them carefully what time the star appeared.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

Weymouth New Testament
Thereupon Herod sent privately for the Magi and ascertained from them the exact time of the star's appearing.

World English Bible
Then Herod secretly called the wise men, and learned from them exactly what time the star appeared.

Young's Literal Translation
Then Herod, privately having called the mages, did inquire exactly from them the time of the appearing star,
Study Bible
The Pilgrimage of the Magi
6‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of My people Israel.’” 7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and learned from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8And sending them to Bethlehem, he said: “Go, search carefully for the Child, and when you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship Him.”…
Cross References
Numbers 24:17
"I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, A scepter shall rise from Israel, And shall crush through the forehead of Moab, And tear down all the sons of Sheth.

Matthew 2:1
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem,

Matthew 2:8
And sending them to Bethlehem, he said: "Go, search carefully for the Child, and when you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship Him."

Matthew 2:16
When Herod saw that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was filled with rage. Sending orders, he put to death all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, according to the time he had learned from the Magi.

Acts 24:22
Then Felix, who was well informed about the Way, adjourned the hearing and said, "When Lysias the commander comes, I will decide your case."
Treasury of Scripture

Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

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(7) When he had privily called.--True to his nature to the last--himself probably a believer in astrology, and haunted by fears of what the star portended--the king's next measure is to ascertain the limits of his danger. The English "what time the star appeared" is not quite accurate. Literally, the time of the star that was appearing--i.e., at what time the star, which was still visible (Matthew 2:9), had first appeared.

Enquired of them diligently.--Better, ascertained exactly.

Verse 7. - Then Herod, when he had privily called the Wise Men. Secrecy was doubly necessary. He would not publicly commit himself to acknowledging the rights of the new King, and he would give no opportunity for others to warn the Child's parents of the dangerous interest that Herod was taking in him. Duplicity was very characteristic of Herod; cf. his assassination of Aristobulus the high priest (Josephus, 'Ant.,' 15:03. 3), and his alluring his son Antipater home to death (ibid., 17:5. 1). Inquired of them diligently; learned of them carefully (Revised Version); "lerned of hem bisili" (Wickliffe); ἠκρίβωσεν παρ αὐτῶν. The stress is not upon Herod's careful questioning, but on the exact information that he obtained. What time the star appeared. Although this is not the literal translation, it may, perhaps, represent the sense of the original ( τὸν χρόνον τοῦ φαινομένου ἀστέρος) , the participle characterizing the star in its most important relation - its appearance, and the words being treated as a compound expression (cf. John 12:9, 12). Herod supposed that the birth of the Babe was synchronous with the first appearance of the star. The translation, however, of the Revised Version margin, "the time of the star that appeared," better suits the exact wording ( χρόνον, not καιρόν;φαινομένου, not φανέντος) , the phrase thus including both the first appearance and also the period of continuance (cf. Grotius, "non initium, sed continuitas"). But it is difficult to see What Herod would have learned from this latter particular. Some even think that the star was still visible (Plumptre; Weiss, 'Matthew'), but in this case the joy of the Magi in ver. 10 is not satisfactorily explained. Then Herod, when he had privately called the wise men,.... As soon as he had got the intelligence of the place of the Messiah's birth, he called, or ordered the wise men to be brought into his presence, and that in a very private manner; lest the Jews, who knew his hypocrisy and deceit, should perceive his views, and enter into his designs, and so give the wise men some instructions, which would be prejudicial to the scheme he was forming in his own mind to destroy the young king; and having called them to him, he

inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. He took a good deal of pains in examining them, he sifted them, and inquired of them with much accuracy, and exactness, the precise time of the star's appearing to them, how long ago it was when it was first observed by them; that hereby he might exactly know the age of Christ, and the better execute the bloody design he had formed, should the wise men disappoint him; and the better detect an impostor, should another afterwards arise, and set up himself for the king of the Jews. 7. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men—Herod has so far succeeded in his murderous design: he has tracked the spot where lies his victim, an unconscious babe. But he has another point to fix—the date of His birth—without which he might still miss his mark. The one he had got from the Sanhedrim; the other he will have from the sages; but secretly, lest his object should be suspected and defeated. So he

inquired of them diligently—rather, "precisely."

what time the star appeared—presuming that this would be the best clue to the age of the child. The unsuspecting strangers tell him all. And now he thinks he is succeeding to a wish, and shall speedily clutch his victim; for at so early an age as they indicate, He would not likely have been removed from the place of His birth. Yet he is wary. He sends them as messengers from himself, and bids them come to him, that he may follow their pious example.2:1-8 Those who live at the greatest distance from the means of grace often use most diligence, and learn to know the most of Christ and his salvation. But no curious arts, or mere human learning, can direct men unto him. We must learn of Christ by attending to the word of God, as a light that shineth in a dark place, and by seeking the teaching of the Holy Spirit. And those in whose hearts the day-star is risen, to give them any thing of the knowledge of Christ, make it their business to worship him. Though Herod was very old, and never had shown affection for his family, and was not himself likely to live till a new-born infant had grown up to manhood, he began to be troubled with the dread of a rival. He understood not the spiritual nature of the Messiah's kingdom. Let us beware of a dead faith. A man may be persuaded of many truths, and yet may hate them, because they interfere with his ambition, or sinful indulgences. Such a belief will make him uneasy, and the more resolved to oppose the truth and the cause of God; and he may be foolish enough to hope for success therein.
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