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Geneva Notes/ Commentary on Matthew 2:9-23

Mt 2:11
2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young
     child with Mary his mother, and {h} fell down, and
     worshipped him: and when they had opened their {i}
     treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and
     frankincense, and myrrh.

     (h) A kind of humble and lovely reverence.
     (i) The rich and costly presents, which they brought him.

Mt 2:12
2:12 And being {k} warned of God in a dream that they should not
     return to Herod, they departed into their own country
     another way.

     (k) God warned and told them of it, even though they did
         not ask him.

Mt 2:13
2:13 {2} 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.

 (2) Christ having just been born, begins to be crucified for
     us, both in himself, and also in his members.

Mt 2:17
2:17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken {l} by Jeremy the
     prophet, saying,

     (l) For God speaketh by the mouth of the prophets.

Mt 2:18
2:18 In Rama was there {m} a voice heard, lamentation, and
     weeping, and great mourning, {n} Rachel weeping [for] her
     children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

     (m) A voice of lamenting, weeping and howling.
     (n) That is to say, All who live around Bethlehem: for
         Rachel, Jacob's wife who died in childbirth, was buried
         by the road that leads to this town, which is also
         called Ephratah, because of the fruitfulness of the
         soil, and the plentifulness of corn.

Mt 2:19
2:19 {3} But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord
     appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

 (3) Christ is brought up in Nazareth, after the death of the
     tyrant by God's providence: that by the very name of the
     place it might plainly appear to the world that he is the
     Lord's true Nazarite.

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