Massacre of the Innocents
The killing of young male children in Bethlehem called the Massacre of the Innocents in free Bible art and free lessons all ages. Royalty free images in high resolution from our huge image library, free to use.
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Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and
flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek
the young child to destroy him.
King Herod waited for the wise men to come back to him from their visit to
Bethlehem; but he soon found that they had gone to their home without bringing
to him any word. Then Herod was very angry. He sent out his soldiers to
Bethlehem. They came, and by the cruel king's command they seized all the little
children in Bethlehem who were three years old, or younger, and killed them all.
What a cry went up to God from the mothers of Bethlehem as their children were torn from their arms and slain! But all this time the child Jesus, whom they were seeking, was safe with his mother in the land of Egypt.
Soon after this King Herod died, a very old man, cruel to the last. Then the angel of the Lord came again and spoke to Joseph in a dream, saying, "You may now take the young child back to his own land, for the king who sought to kill him is dead."