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And seeing the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

“rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” This is the figure of speech polyptoton, the repetition of the same word, appearing in different parts of speech. Here it is “joy” in both verb and noun forms, emphasizing the great joy of the Magi (Bullinger, Figures of Speech). They were excited to see the star. When they had come to Jerusalem, they did not know where the Messiah was born, so they had no preconceived idea they would see the “star” in front of them as they traveled.


Commentary for: Matthew 2:10