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9他们听命去了。他们在东方看见的那颗星,忽然在他们前头,领他们到那小孩所在的地方,就在上头停住了。
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
9 Verse 9. In the east] Or, at its rise.

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Stood over where the young child was.] Super caput pueri, Over

the head of the child, as the OPUS IMPERFECTUM, on this place, has

it. See Griesbach's Var. Lect. So it appears to have been a

simple luminous meteor in a star-like form, and at a very short

distance from the ground, otherwise it could not have ascertained

the place where the child lay. But the last quoted reading, from

the Opus Imperfectum, justifies the opinion that the luminous

appearance which had hitherto directed them now encompassed the

head of the child; and probably this gave the first idea to the

ancient painters, of representing Christ in the manger, with a

glory surrounding his head. This glory, or nimbus, is usually

given also to saints and eminent persons, especially in the Roman

Church, by all Roman Catholic painters.