Copy Editing Matthew 2:1-12

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Copy Editing Matthew 2:1-12

Dan Hugger
Below are some recommended changes to Matthew 2:1-12. Recommended changes include punctuation. OEB text below with recommended changes in brackets:

After the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem in Judea, in the reign of King Herod, some astrologers from the East arrived in Jerusalem, asking: 2  “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.” 3  When King Herod heard of this, he was much troubled, and so, [omit comma] too, [omit comma] was all Jerusalem. 4  He called together all the chief priests and teachers of the law in the nation, and questioned them as to where the Christ was to be born.

5  “At Bethlehem in Judea,” was their answer; [Replace semicolon with comma] “for it is said in the prophet —

     6  ‘And you, Bethlehem in Judah’s land,
         are in no way least among the chief cities of Judah;  [Replace semicolon with comma]
     for out of you will come a ruler —
         who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

7  Then Herod secretly sent for the astrologers, [omit comma] and found out from them the date of the appearance of the star; [replace semicolon with comma] 8  and, [omit comma] sending them to Bethlehem, he said: “Go and make careful inquiries about the child, and, [omit comma] as soon as you have found him, bring me word so that I, [omit comma] too, [omit comma] can go and worship him.” 9  The astrologers heard what the king had to say, and then continued their journey. The star which they had seen in the east led them on, until it reached, [omit comma] and stood over, [omit comma] the place where the child was. 10  At the sight of the star they were filled with joy. 11  Entering the house, they saw the child with his mother, [omit comma] Mary, and fell at his feet and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasure chests, and offered to the child presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12  But afterwards, having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another road.