The Holman Christian Standard Bible

Matthew 2:16–18

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The Massacre of the Innocents

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been outwitted by the wise men, flew into a rage. He gave orders to massacre all the male children in and around Bethlehem who were two years z old and under, in keeping with the time he had learned from the wise men. a 17 Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:

18 A voice was heard in Ramah,

weeping, b and great mourning,

Rachel weeping for her children;

and she refused to be consoled,

because they were no more. c d

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2:16 * were from two years


2:18 Other * read Ramah, lamentation, and weeping,