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The Visit of the Magi

1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, Look! Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
  2“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in its rising and have come to pay homage to him.”

3Now, when Herod the king heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
  4And gathering together all the high priests and experts in the law from among the People,a he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
  5And they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, because this is what has been written by the prophet:
  6And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are absolutely not least among the leaders of Judah, for out of you will come one who leads, who will shepherd my people, Israel.b

7Then Herod, having secretly called the magi, found out from them exactly the chronology of the appearing of the star.
  8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, “Go and search diligently for the child, and as soon as you have found him, bring me word so that I can come and pay homage to him as well.”
  9So, after listening to the king, they went on their way. And Look! The star that they had seen in its rising was going before them until it came and stood over where the child was.
  10And seeing the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
  11And coming into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and falling down, they paid homage to him. And having opened their treasures, they offered to him gifts: gold and frankincense and myrrh.

12And having been divinely instructed in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their country by another road.

The Flight to Egypt

13Now after they had departed, behold, an angel of Yahweh appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child to destroy him.”
  14Then he got up and took the young child and his mother during the night and departed for Egypt,
  15and stayed there until the death of Herod, with the result that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet was fulfilled, saying, Out of Egypt I called my son.c

16Then Herod, when he saw that he had been made a fool of by the magi, became greatly enraged, and having sent orders, he killed all the male children that were in Bethlehem and all its surrounding region, from two years old and under, according to the timing that he had found out from the magi.
  17Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:
  18A sound was heard in Ramah, sobbing and great mourning. Rachel crying for her children and she would not be comforted because they are no more.d

From Egypt to Nazareth

19Now after Herod had come to the end of his life, behold, an angel of Yahweh appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying,
  20“Get up, take the child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel, for the ones searching for the child’s life have died.”
  21So he got up and took the child and his mother and went into the land of Israel.
  22But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And having been divinely instructed in a dream, he departed into the district of Galilee.
  23And having gone there, he lived in a city called Nazareth, so what was spoken through the prophets was fulfilled, that “he will be called a Nazarene.”

The nation of Israel was called “the People,” so it is appropriate to capitalize it when it refers to Israel. Israel was “the People” of God.
From Micah 5:2
From Hosea 11:1
From Jer. 31:15

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