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To tell the truth, the Bible doesn't say how many wise men visited Jesus.
Three gifts are named: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And, all the pictures I've even seen show three men on camels.
But the Bible doesn't say how many there were. Maybe there's a reason why the number is unknown.
It may be because there is no limit to the number of persons -- wise or otherwise -- who can worship the King of Kings at any one time.
So, forget about how many wise persons there were. Just make sure you are one of the them! .
For the record, the wise men probably did not visit Jesus while he was still sleeping in a manger, in a barn. In fact, the Bible makes specific mention about them meeting the young child in a house; not a baby in a stable. Here is the story of the wise men, from Matthew chapter 2 of the New International Version [NIV].
Make special note of the words that I give heavy red emphasis, and be your own Bible commentator:
MATTHEW 2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
MATTHEW 2:3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5 "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: MATTHEW 2:6 " `But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.' "
MATTHEW 2:7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."
MATTHEW 2:9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
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Matthew 2:16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
==The NIV translates "wise men" as Magi
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