Map of caribbean islands for Davies and Dale Allison argue strongly that the verb implies worship here in Matthew , based on the fact that the verb come erchomai followed by worship proskuneo in the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures LXX usually refers to a cultic act, and because Jews regarded full prostration proskynesis as appropriate only when directed to God cf. Matt. Acts Rev. ; Philo, Legatio ad Gaium , line idem, De decalogo The Magi, then, seem to have come with the intention not just of paying homage to the newborn King of the Jews, but of worshiping him as a deity. This obviously forces us to ask the question, What convinced the Magi that the recently born ruler was worthy of worship? This is dificult to explain unless the celestial sign that they saw directly or indirectly convinced them that the King of the Jews was both human and divine. Herod and the People of Jerusalem The Magi clearly expected the people of Jerusalem, or at least some of them, to know that the Messiah had been born, and where he was now. However, in this and in their trust of Herod later in the story, the Magi were mistaken When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born Matt. Map of caribbean islands 2016.