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Wise Men definition

Gentile sages who visited Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in Bethlehem shortly after the birth of Jesus. According to the Gospel of Matthew, they were guided by a star and brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Because three gifts were given, the traditional story is that there were three wise men. (See Magi.)

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  • But we who have been nothing but assassins for thirteen hundred years, we say that these wise men were arrogant.

  • Fools can ask questions which wise men cannot answer, and will not ask.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • The teachers were philosophers or wise men, thoroughly competent to discharge the duties of their office.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
  • In the spring he called his wise men together, and asked them to advise him.

  • The chief of the barbarous Saxons assembles his priests and wise men to ascertain if they will become Christians.

    The Bird Jules Michelet

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