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.
Darby Bible Translation
Then Herod, having secretly called the magi, inquired of them accurately the time of the star that was 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,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Privily - Secretly, privately. He did this to ascertain the time when Jesus was born.
Diligently - Accurately, exactly. He took pains to learn the precise time when the star appeared. He did this because he naturally concluded that the star appeared just at the time of his birth, and he wished to know precisely how old the child was.
LibrarySermon for Epiphany
(From the Gospel for the day) This Sermon on the Gospel for the day, from St. Matthew, showeth how God, of His great faithfulness hath foreseen and ordained all sufferings for the eternal good of each man, in whatever wise they befall us, and whether they be great or small. Matt. ii. 11.--"And they presented unto him gifts: gold, and frankincense and myrrh." NOW consider first the myrrh. It is bitter; and this is a type of the bitterness which must be tasted before a man can find God, when he first …
Susannah Winkworth—The History and Life of the Reverend Doctor John Tauler
Eastern Wise-Men, or Magi, visit Jesus, the New-Born King.
Supplementary Note to Chapter ii. The Year of Christ's Birth.
"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.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him."
Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.
But Felix, having a more exact knowledge about the Way, put them off, saying, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will decide your case."
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