Matthew 2:4
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English Standard Version
and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

King James Bible
And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

American Standard Version
And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ should be born.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And assembling together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born.

English Revised Version
And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ should be born.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when he had assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born.

Weymouth New Testament
So he assembled all the High Priests and Scribes of the people, and anxiously asked them where the Christ was to be born.

Matthew 2:4 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

All the chief priests

We should expect only one chief priest to be mentioned; but the office had become a lucrative one, and frequently changed hands. A rabbi is quoted as saying that the first temple, which stood about four hundred and ten years, had only eighteen high-priests from first to last; while the second temple, which stood four hundred and twenty years, had more than three hundred high-priests. The reference here is not to a meeting of the Sanhedrin, since the elders, who are not mentioned, belonged to this; but to an extraordinary convocation of all the high-priests and learned men. Besides the high-priest in actual office, there might be others who had been his predecessors, and who continued to bear the name, and in part the dignity. It may possibly have included the heads of the twenty-four courses of priests.

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the chief.

Matthew 21:15,23 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying...

Matthew 26:3,47 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, to the palace of the high priest...

Matthew 27:1 When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

1 Chronicles 24:4-19 And there were more chief men found of the sons of Eleazar than of the sons of Ithamar, and thus were they divided...

2 Chronicles 36:14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen...

Ezra 10:5 Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, the Levites, and all Israel, to swear that they should do according to this word...

Nehemiah 12:7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chief of the priests and of their brothers in the days of Jeshua.

Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

John 7:32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him...

John 18:3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees...

scribes.

Matthew 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Matthew 13:52 Then said he to them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed to the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder...

2 Chronicles 34:13,15 Also they were over the bearers of burdens, and were overseers of all that worked the work in any manner of service...

Ezra 7:6,11,12 This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given...

Jeremiah 8:8 How do you say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? See, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.

Mark 8:31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests...

Luke 20:19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people...

Luke 23:10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.

John 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought to him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the middle,

Acts 4:5 And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes,

Acts 6:12 And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came on him, and caught him, and brought him to the council,

Acts 23:9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man...

he demanded.

Malachi 2:7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

John 3:10 Jesus answered and said to him, Are you a master of Israel, and know not these things?

Cross References
Matthew 2:3
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;

Matthew 2:5
They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

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