Geneva Study Bible
(1) Christ a poor child, laid down in a crib, and though given no attention by his own people, receives nonetheless a noble witness of his divinity from heaven, and of his kingly estate from strangers: which his own people unknowingly let happen, although they did not acknowledge him.
(a) For there was another in the tribe of Zebulun.
(b) Wise and learned men: It is a Persian word which they use frequently.
(c) Was much moved, for he was a foreigner, and became ruler by force; and the Jews were troubled; for wickedness is mad and raging.
(d) The chief priests, that is, such as were of Aaron's family, who were divided into twenty-four orders. (1 Chronicles 24:5) ; (2 Chronicles 36:14).
(e) They that expound the law to the people, for the Hebrews take this word for another, which means as much as to expound and to declare.
(f) Though you are a small town, yet you will be very famous and notable through the birth of the Messiah, who will be born in you.
(g) That will rule and govern: for kings are rightly called leaders and shepherds of the people.
(h) A kind of humble and lovely reverence.
(i) The rich and costly presents, which they brought him.
(k) God warned and told them of it, even though they did not ask him.
(2) Christ having just been born, begins to be crucified for us, both in himself, and also in his members.
(l) For God speaketh by the mouth of the prophets.
(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.
(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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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Matthew 2". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25