The Massacre of the Infants | Gospel of Matthew 2: 16 – 18

16 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the magi. 17 Then what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.”

Summary – The Massacre of the Infants

In Matthew 2:16-18, the massacre of the infants recounts the dark episode following the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem. King Herod, fearful of the prophecy of a newborn king, ordered the massacre of all male children in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under.

This cruel act fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah, who spoke of Rachel weeping for her children, unable to be comforted because they were no more.

This passage illustrates the political intrigue and violence surrounding the birth of Jesus, highlighting the contrast between the evil intentions of earthly rulers and the divine purpose behind the coming of the Messiah.