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3希律 王 听见了 ,就心里不安 ;耶路撒冷 合城 的人也 都不安。
3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
3 Verse 3. When Herod-heard these things, he was troubled]

Herod's consternation was probably occasioned by the agreement of

the account of the magi, with an opinion predominant throughout

the east, and particularly in Judea, that some great personage

would soon make his appearance, for the deliverance of Israel from

their enemies; and would take upon himself universal empire.



SUETONIUS and TACITUS, two Roman historians, mention this. Their

words are very remarkable:-



\@Percrebuerat Oriente toto, vetus et constans opinio, esse in

fatis, ut eo tempore Judaea profecti rerum potirentur. Id de

imperatare Romano, quantum eventu postea predictum patuit, Judaei

ad se trahentes, rebellarunt\@. SUETON. VESP. "An ancient and

settled persuasion prevailed throughout the east, that the fates

had decreed some to proceed from Judea, who should attain

universal empire. This persuasion, which the event proved to

respect the Roman emperor, the Jews applied to themselves, and

therefore rebelled."



The words of Tacitus are nearly similar:-



\@Pluribus persuasio inerat, antiquis sacerdotum literis

contineri, eo ipso tempore fore, ut valesceret Oriens, profectique

Judaea rerum potirentur. Quae ambages Vespasianum ac Titum

praedixerant\@.



"Many were persuaded, that it was contained in the ancient books

of their priests, that at that very time the east should prevail:

and that some should proceed from Judea and possess the dominion.

It was Vespasian and Titus that these ambiguous prophecies

predicted." Histor. v.

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