Matthew 2:16-18

Herod's soldiers kill the baby boys in Bethlehem

16 When the wise men did not return to Herod, he was very angry. He knew that they had deceived him. So he sent his men to Bethlehem. He said to them, ‘Kill all the baby boys in Bethlehem. Kill the boys who live near there too. Kill all the boys who are two years old or younger than that.’ The wise men had told Herod how long ago they had first seen the special star. So he decided to kill the baby boys of that age. 17 In this way, these words that God's prophet Jeremiah spoke long ago became true:

18 ‘People heard a sad noise in Ramah.

Someone is weeping with a loud voice.

It is Rachel and she is weeping for her children.

Nobody can help her to stop weeping,

because her children are dead.’