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Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.

Lexicon

Verse part Definition: Part of speech: Strong's: Greek: Transliteration:
Then then, at that time Adv H5119 Τότε tote
when Herod perhaps "son of a hero," Herod, the name of several kings of the Jews N-NMS H2264 Ἡρῴδης ērōdēs
saw to see, perceive, attend to V-APA-NMS H3708    
that he had been tricked to mock at V-AIP-3S H1702 ἐνεπαίχθη enepaichthē
by the magi, a Magian, i.e. an (Oriental) astrologer, by impl. a magician N-GMP H3097 μάγων magōn
he became very very, exceedingly Adv H3029 λίαν lian
enraged, to be very angry V-AIP-3S H2373 ἐθυμώθη ethumōthē
and sent to send, send away V-APA-NMS H649 ἀποστείλας aposteilas
and slew to take up, take away, make an end V-AIA-3S H337 ἀνεῖλεν aneilen
all all, every Adj-DNP H3956 πάντας pantas
the male children a child, boy, youth N-AMP H3816 παῖδας paidas
who were in Bethlehem "house of bread," Bethlehem, a city near Jer. N-DFS H965 βηθλέεμ bēthleem
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and all all, every Adj-DNP H3956 πᾶσιν pasin
its vicinity, a boundary N-DNP H3725 ὀρίοις oriois
from two years old lasting two years, two years old Adj-GMS H1332 διετοῦς dietous
Analysis:

Two: Two divergent opinions

The classic example for the number "two" is found in Matthew chapter 26. There, Yeshua says to His disciples,

"You know that after two days comes the Passover, and the Son of Man will be given over for crucifixion."  Matthew 26:2

The phrase "after two days" is somewhat meaningless because after two days can mean three or more days. The period is unspecified. The reason for such ambiguous language is because the purpose of the number two in this passage is not solely numerical. This means that the text is not intending to provide the reader with some definite information concerning a time period. Rather, the purpose of the number two in this context is one of the numerological meanings of the number two.  Often the number two relates to two divergent opinions. In the aforementioned verse, the author wants to inform the reader that there are two very different understandings for this coming Passover. Yeshua wants to emphasize that He is going up to Jerusalem in order to die as the true Passover sacrifice. Even though Yeshua states this emphatically, the disciples did not receive this. In fact, the disciples did not perceive at all what was going to take place during Passover in regard to Yeshua. In other words, Yeshua and the disciples have two divergent opinions concerning the Passover.

This same principle is also found in the Hebrew Bible (Old Covenant). In the book of Amos one reads,

"Can two walk together without them having agreed" Amos 3:3

The word which was translated into English with the phrase "them having agreed" is נועדו. The root of this word is יעד, which relates to a specific destination. The word which precedes this word is בלתי and in this context the word implies a change to the condition. In other words, had there not been a change in the condition, then the two could not walk together, i.e. they could not have arrived at the common destination.

The concept of divergent or different is also seen in the book of Genesis. In speaking about the sun and moon one reads, "And God made two great lights…" (Genesis 1:16). Obviously the sun and moon are very different, as one is a source of light, while the latter just reflects light. Also in the book of Genesis, one encounters the account of the flood. Here Noah is commanded to bring onto the ark two sorts of each type of animal. In this passage, the two relates to two different (or divergent) kinds of the same sort, i.e. male and female. 

Likewise, two angels came to Sodom, demonstrating that the people of Sodom had a very different way of living from that of the Law of God. Once again, the reader should not assume that every occurrence of the number two in the Bible demands this interpretation. However, one will find in a great majority of Biblical passages, the reader will be assisted in arriving at the proper interpretation, when he considers this divergent quality for the number two. 

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and under, down, below Adv H2736 κατωτέρω katōterō
according down, against, according to Prep H2596 κατὰ kata
to the time time N-AMS H5550 χρόνον chronon
which usually rel. who, which, that, also demonstrative this, that RelPro-AMS H3739 ὃν on
he had determined to inquire with exactness V-AIA-3S H198 ἠκρίβωσεν ēkribōsen
from the magi. a Magian, i.e. an (Oriental) astrologer, by impl. a magician N-GMP H3097 μάγων magōn

Locations

Bethlehem

BETHLEHEMbeth'-le-hem (bethlechem; Baithleem, or Bethleem, "house of David," or possibly "the house of Lakhmu," an Assyrian deity):I. Bethlehem Judah:Bethlehem Judah, or EPHRATH or EPHRATHAH (which see) is now Beit Lahm (Arabic = "house of meat"), a town of upward of 10,000 inhabitants, 5 miles South of Jerusalem and 2,350 ft. above sea level. It occupies an... View Details

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a son of Ham, also his desc. and their land

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New American Standard Bible Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.
King James Bible Then Herod, when Herod he saw that he had been tricked by was mocked of the magi, he became very enraged, wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the male children who that were in Bethlehem Bethlehem, and in all its vicinity, the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from diligently inquired of the magi.wise men.
Berean Bible Then when Herod saw Herod, having seen that he had been tricked outwitted by the magi, he became very enraged, and Magi, was intensely enraged. And having sent and slew forth, he put to death all the male children who were boys in Bethlehem and in all its vicinity, vicinity from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined ascertained from the magi.Magi.
Hebrew Greek English Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.