NOT long after Jesus was presented in the temple, there came wise men from the East to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he that is born king of the Jews; for we have seen his star in the East, and are come to worship him." The cruel Herod was at this time reigning in Judea. He was so jealous of every one who could possibly be come king in his room that, when he heard the errand of the wise men, "he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him."

So when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes together, he asked them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, "In Bethlehem of Judea for thus it is written by the prophet.” 

Then Herod, calling the wise men apart talked with them privately, questioning them very carefully about the time when the star first appeared to them. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the young child, and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also."

Now when the wise men had started on their way to Bethlehem, the star, which they had seen in the East appeared to them again, and went before them, till it stood over the place where Jesus was. 

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him; and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto, him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word; for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod."

"Then Herod when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time that he had diligently inquired of the wise men."

"But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 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. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither;" 

and" being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee; and he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth.