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“Get up, take the child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel, for the ones searching for the child’s soul have died.”

“Get up...take the child and his mother.” For the significance of the parallelism between the angel’s command and Joseph’s response see commentary on Matthew 2:13.

“soul.” The Greek word often translated “soul” is psuchē (#5590 ψυχή; pronounced psoo-kay’), and psuchē has a large number of meanings. Here it refers to the physical life of the body, which is why most versions translate it “life,” which is accurate in this context. [For a more complete explanation of “soul,” see Appendix 7: Usages of ‘Soul’].


Commentary for: Matthew 2:20