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And 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.a

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Quoted from Micah 5:2

“in the land of Judah.” Quoted from Micah 5:2. Some translations read “Bethlehem, in the land of Judah” (e.g., ESV, NIV) and some read, “Bethlehem, land of Judah” (e.g., ASV, NASB). The Greek word for “land,” (#1093 γῆ), has the same form for the dative (“in the land”) and vocative (“O land” [direct address]) cases. The dative, “Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,” is correct; for “Bethlehem, land of Judah” does not make sense. When Joshua divided up the Promised Land, the town of Bethlehem was in the tribal territory of Judah (Josh. 15:1-12).


Commentary for: Matthew 2:6