(From: MATTHEW #2 - 2:1-23)
VII. 2:1-23 GOD'S WATCHFUL CARE OVER EARLY DAYS OF JESUS
1. 2:1-12 WISE MEN WORSHIP
a. 2:1-2 THE WISE MEN SEEKING CHRIST
Tou de IeSOU gen-neTHENtos en Beth-leEM tes IouDAIas en heMErais HeROdou tou ba-siLEos,
Now when :Jesus was born in Bethlehem of :Judea in thedays of Herod the king,
iDOU, MAgoi  aPO a-na-toLON pa-reGEnon-to eis Ie-roSOlu-ma ,
lo, magi from the east came to Jerusalem,
LEgon-tes Pou esTIN ho techTHEIS  ba-siLEUS  ton IouDAIon?
2saying Where is the oneborn king of the Jews?
EIdo-men gar auTOU ton asTEra  en tea-na-toLE, kai ELtho-men pro-skuNEsai auTON.
for we saw his :star in the east, and are come to worship him.
b. 2:3-4 HEROD'S INQUIRY
aKOUsas de ho ba-siLEUS HeROdes, e-taRACHthe , kai PAsa Ie-roSOlu-ma met' auTOU;
And when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
kai su-na-gaGON PANtas tous ar-chi-eREIS kai gram-maTEIS tou laOU,
4and he gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people,
e-punTHAne-to  par' auTON pou ho ChrisTOS genNAtai.
andinquired of them where the Christ should be born.
c. 2:5-6 ANSWER
hoi di EIpan auTO, En Beth-leEM tes IouDAIas:
And they said to him, In Bethlehem of :Judea:
HOUtos gar GEgrap-tai diA tou proPHEtou , Kai su Beth-leEM, ge IOUda,
for thus it is written through the prophet, 6And you Bethlehem, land of Judah,
ou-daMOS e-laCHIste ei en tois he-geMOsin IOUda,
Are in nowise least among the princes of Judah,
ek sou gar e-xeLEUse-tai heGOUme-nos , HOstis poi-maNEI ton laON mou ton Is-raEL.
For out of you shall come forth a governor, who shall shepherd my :people :Israel.
d. 2:7-8 HEROD SENDS THEM TO BETHLEHEM
TOte HeROdes LATHra kaLEsas tous MAgous,
Then Herod privately called the magi,
eKRIbo-sen par' auTON ton CHROnon tou phai-noMEnou aSTEros;
andlearned of them exactly the time of the appearing star;
kai PEMpsas auTOUS eis Beth-leEM, EIpen,
8and he sent them to Bethlehem, and said,
Po-reuTHENtes e-xeTAsa-te  a-kriBOS  peRI tou paiDIou;
Go andsearch out exactly about the little child;
ePAN de HEUre-te a-pagGEIlaTE  moi, HOpos ka' 'GO elTHON pro-skuNEso auTO.
and when you have found itreport to me, so that I also may come andworship it.
e. 2:9 GUIDANCE OF THE STAR
hoi de aKOUsan-tes tou ba-siLEos, e-poREUthe-san ; kai iDOU,
And they having heard the king, went away; and lo,
ho aSTER hon EIdon en te a-na-toLE proEgen  auTOUS,
the star which they saw in the east went before them,
HEos elTHON eSTAthe  ePAno hou en to paiDIon.
till it came andstood over where the little child was.
f. 2:10 And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
iDONtes de ton aSTEra, eCHAre-san chaRAN meGAlen SPHOdra .
g. 2:11 WORSHIP OF THE WISE MEN
kai elTHONtes eis ten oiKIan EIdon to paiDIon
And they came into the house andsaw the little child
meTA MaRIas tes meTROS  auTOU, kai peSONtes  pro-seKUne-san  auTO;
with Mary its :mother, and they fell down andworshiped it;
kai aNOIxan-tes  tous the-sauROUS  auTON proSEneg-kan  auTO DOra ,
and opening their :treasures they offered to him gifts,
chruSON  kai LIba-non  kai SMURnan .
gold and frankincense and myrrh.
h. 2:12 A DIFFERENT RETURN
kai chre-ma-tisTHENtes  kat' Onar  me a-naKAMpsai  pros HeROden,
And warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
di' ALles hoDOU a-neCHOre-san  eis ten CHOran auTON.
they withdrew into their :country another way.
2. 2:13-15 JOSEPH WARNED TO FLEE TO EGYPT
a. 2:13 AN ANGEL WARNS JOSEPH TO FLEE
A-na-cho-reSANton de auTON iDOU, AGge-los KuRIou kat' Onar  ePHAne  to IoSEPH, LEgon,
Now when they withdrew lo, theLord's angel appeared to :Joseph in a dream, saying,
E-gerTHEIS paRAla-be  to paiDIon kai ten meTEra auTOU,
Arise andtake the little child and his :mother,
kai PHEUge  eis AIgup-ton , kai ISthi eKEI HEos an EIpo soi;
and flee into Egypt, and be there till I tell you;
MELlei gar HeROdes zeTEIN  to paiDIon tou a-poLEsai  auTO.
for Herod is about to seek the little child to destroy him.
b. 2:14-15 SOJOURN IN EGYPT
ho de e-gerTHEIS paREla-be to paiDIon kai ten meTEra auTOU nukTOS ,
And he arose andtook the little child and his :mother by night,
kai a-neCHOre-sen eis AIgup-ton, kai en eKEI HEos tes te-leuTES  HeROdou: HIna ple-roTHE
and withdrew into Egypt, 15and was there till the death of Herod: that itmight be fulfilled
to 'reTHEN huPO KuRIou diA proPHEtou LEgon-tos, Ex AiGUPtou eKAle-sa ton huiON mou
which was spoken by theLord through the prophet saying, Out of Egypt I called my :son.
3. 2:16-23 HEROD SLAYS LITTLE BOYS
a. 2:16 THE SLAUGHTER OF THE INFANTS IN BETHLEHEM
TOte HeROdes, iDON HOti e-nePAICHthe  huPO ton MAgon,
Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the magi,
e-thuMOthe  LIan , kai a-poSTEIlas aNEIlen  PANtas tous PAIdas,
was exceeding angry, and sent forth andslew all the boys,
tous en Beth-leEM kai en PAsi tois hoRIois  auTES,
:in Bethlehem and in all its :borders,
aPO di-eTOUS kai ka-toTEro, kaTA ton CHROnon hon eKRIbo-sen paRA ton MAgon.
from two years old and under, according to the time which he had exactly learned of the magi.
b. 2:17-18 SCRIPTURE FULFILLED
TOte e-pleROthe to 'reTHEN diA Ie-reMIou tou proPHEtou, LEgon-tos,
Then was fulfilled what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet, saying,
PhoNE en 'RaMA eKOUSthe, klauthMOS  kai ho-durMOS  poLUS,
18A voice was heard in Rama, Weeping and much mourning,
'RaCHEL KLAIou-sa ta TEKna auTES; kai ouk Ethe-len pa-ra-kleTHEnai  HOti ouk eiSIN.
Rachel weeping for her :children; and she would not be comforted because they are not.
c. 2:19-20 SAFETY DIVINELY REVEALED
Te-leuTEsan-tos  de tou HeROdou, iDOU,
But when :Herod was dead, lo,
AGge-los KuRIou PHAIne-tai  kat' Onar  to IoSEPH en AiGUPto,
theLord's angel appears in a dream to :Joseph in Egypt,
LEgon, E-gerTHEIS, PaRAla-be  to paiDIon kai ten meTEra auTOU
20saying, Arise, andtake the little child and his :mother
kai poREUou eis gen Is-raEL, tethNEka-sin gar hoi zeTOUNtes ten psuCHEN tou paiDIou.
and go into Israel land, for they are dead that sought the little child's life.
d. 2:21 And he arose andtook the little child and his :mother, and came into Israel land.
ho de e-gerTHEIS paREla-be to paiDIon kai ten meTEra auTOU, kai eiSELthen eis gen Is-raEL.
e. 2:22-23 ARRIVAL AND RESIDENCE IN NAZARETH
aKOUsas de HOti ArCHEla-os ba-siLEUei tes IouDAIas
But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over :Judea
anTI tou paTROS auTOU HeROdou, e-phoBEthe  eKEI a-pelTHEIN ;
instead of his :father Herod, he was afraid to go there;
chre-ma-tisTHEIS  de kat Onar , a-neCHOre-sen  eis ta MEre tes Ga-liLAIas,
but warned in a dream, he withdrew into the parts of :Galilee,
kai elTHON kaTOke-sen  eis POlin le-goMEnen Na-zaRET;
23and came anddwelt in a city called Nazareth;
HOpos ple-roTHE to 'reTHEN diA ton pro-pheTON HOti Na-zoRAIos kleTHEse-tai.
that itmight be fulfilled which was spoken through the prophets that he should be called Nazorean.
NOTE: Matthew 1 and 2 are unique in the NT because of 5 unusual dreams for guidancethat appear here. The first was for Joseph, the step-father of Jesus. The angel of the Lord guided him in taking Mary to him as wife, when she was already with child by the Holy Spirit - before they had come together. And he obeyed.
The next was for the Magi, the Wise Men - notto return to Herod. They too obeyed.
Then three more dreams for guidance swiftly came to Joseph as guardian of Jesus. First - Flee to Egypt with the child and His mother. Then when Herod was dead, the angel of the Lord guided Joseph to return to Israel. And finally when Joseph feared going into Judea because of Herod's son Archelaus, a dream guided him to Nazareth in the region of Galilee.
Note, that the above 5 dreams are quite different from the dreams of Joseph in Genesis and Daniel, and practically all the 40 dreams recorded in the Bible. Normally, dreams are not to be taken literally, but are symbolic, and we need the key to these symbolic metaphors. The parables of Jesus are like dreams, and also require the metaphoric key - if we are to understand the meaning. The Book of Revelation is also in this category.
So the 5 dreams in Matthew 1 & 2 are notmetaphoric - but literal. Possibly only 5% or less of our dreams are of this literal nature. All othersrequire a key to interpretation. As I have in the past, I continue to recommend “Dreams: The Divinity Code - The Keys to Decoding Your Dreams and Visions” by Adrian Beale and Adam F. Thompson of Australia. See <www.thedivinitycode.org> for more information.
Also - as I have noted before - Bible Numerics as discovered, researched and utilized by Ivan Panin - makes possible the outlining method of the above portion - Matthew chapter 2. You can substitute my summaries with your own, but neither of us can touch the Greek and English texts in this Interlinear production. I had to let my associate go because of his corruption of the English text, and even his changes in the Greek text. Who needs enemies, when they have so-called friends?
So - in this case, I leave the above Interlinear portion as a self-explanatory test. J.A.W.