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Matthew 2:11 The Passion Translation (TPT)

11 When they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary, his mother, they were overcome. Falling to the ground at his feet they worshiped him.[a] Then they opened their treasure boxes[b] full of gifts and presented him with gold, frank-incense, and myrrh.


  1. Matthew 2:11 Turning their backs on human wisdom, these “wise men” bowed low before the true Wisdom of God. See 1 Cor. 1:24.
  2. Matthew 2:11 These “wise men” were extremely wealthy. They presented gifts that totaled a great sum of money—not tiny presents wrapped with bows, but treasure chests full of financial wealth. Although we are not given the monetary value of each type of gift, we know that frankincense and myrrh were extremely costly. These gifts would have financed Joseph and Mary and Jesus’ exodus to Egypt and supplied their living expenses for a number of years, even after returning to Israel. Gold is an often-used symbol of the deity of Christ. Frankincense points to his perfect life of holiness, excellence, and devotion. Myrrh, an embalming spice, speaks to us of the suffering love that would lead him to the death on the cross.
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