Sunday, May 3, 2009

Matthew Chapter 2

Here's my translation of Matthew Chapter 2. Please critique.

2 Now after Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, look, Magi from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, "Where is the King of the Jews who has been born? For we saw His star when it rose and have come to show reverence to Him." 3 But when Herod the king had heard, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him, 4 and when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he kept on inquiring of them where the Christ is born. 5 And they said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for thus it stands written through the prophet: 6 "'And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, by no means are you the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you will come a Ruler Who indeed will shepherd My people, Israel.'" 7 Then Herod, after he secretly called the Magi, ascertained from them the exact time when the star began to appear, 8 and having sent them to Bethlehem, he said, "After y o u have gone, inquire accurately about the Child, and as soon as y o u should find Him, report to me in order that I also, after I have come, may show reverence to Him." 9 When they had heard the king, they went; and look, the star which they saw when it rose was leading the way for them until, having come, it stood still above where the Child was; 10 after seeing the star, they rejoiced with extremely great joy, 11 and having come into the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and falling down they showed reverence to Him, and having opened their treasures, they brought Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh; 12 and being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed by another way to their own land.

13 Now after they departed, look, an angel of the Lord appears in a dream to Joseph, saying, "After getting up, take the Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you; for Herod is about to seek the Child to destroy Him." 14 After getting up, he took the Child and His mother at night and departed to Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, in order that what was being spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My Son." 16 Then Herod, after seeing that he was made a fool of by the Magi, was becoming exceedingly angry, and sending others, he did away with all the children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the Magi. 17 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying: 18 "A sound in Ramah was heard, A dirge and weeping and much mourning; Rachel crying for her children, and she was not willing to be encouraged, because they are no more." 19 But after Herod died, look, an angel of the Lord appears in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, 20 "After getting up, take the Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel; for the ones seeking the Child's life have died." 21 And after getting up, he took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But after he heard that Archelaus is reigning over Judea in place of Herod his father, he was afraid to go there; and after being warned in a dream, he departed into the parts of Galilee, 23 and after coming, dwelt in a city that was called Nazareth, in order that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled for He will be called a Nazarene.  


Anonymous said...

Excellent Chuck!!! Dad and I are increasingly enjoying your translation! The only thing I noticed was in verse 20, should one's be ones? Love Mom

Chuck Wiese said...

You are correct. Thank you.