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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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  • "This must be where Pompeii lies buried," the wise men said.

  • But the wise men of Norway and Finland assembled and gave the king advice.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • Let's proceed then, and compare the condition of any of your wise men with that of this fool.

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • For who does not know what a dearth there is of wise men, if yet any one be to be found?

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • And now wise men laugh at these things as foolish, as indeed they are.

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus

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