When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the newly born King of the Jews? We saw his star in the east. We have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard these things, he was troubled. He brought together all the high priests and religious leaders. Then he asked them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea.”
Then Herod privately called the wise men. He asked them about the star that appeared in the east. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying “Go and search carefully for the young child. When you find him, come and tell me. I also want to go and worship him.”
After they heard the king, they went away. The star from the east went before them. Then it stood over the place where the young child was. They were full of joy at the sight. They came into the house and saw the child with his mother Mary. Then they knelt down and worshipped him. Opening their treasures, they gave him gifts of gold and sweet smelling oils. But the wise men were warned in a dream not return to Herod. So they went back to their own country by another way.
Adapted from “The Children’s Bible” by Henry A. Sherman and Charles Foster Kent (1922).
Rights: Public domain in the USA.