The point is/was that they were not so wise that they saw coming what came from Herod. They did not see coming what came. They were not so wise, after all. Jesus' words, in the same gospel blunthead/Frank quotes above, are curious: "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children." Perhaps one could say the wise men were like little children? Was there also some prophecy about what Herod commanded be done? Don't recall, me. Zophar the Naamathite (Job) speaks these curious words, "Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides." Could one argue that the wise men were indeed wise? That their wisdom contained some unfathomable logic, two sides if you want? I don't know. Can't say one way or another. The result has not changed...babies were put to death. Is that from Isaiah, that Paul quotes in 1st Corinthians applicable? "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." Too, the wise men were not so wise that they could get by without a dream warning them not to go back to Herod. Or was that their wisdom speaking to them in their dreams? Too, at one point Jesus told the Pharisees and teachers of the law, 'now one greater than Solomon (known for his wisdom) is here.' He continues with a story about an evil spirit...going out from a man, not finding rest, returning to the man, to the house it left...unoccupied, swept clean, put in order...taking with it seven others, the final condition of the man worse than before. We never hear about the wise man after the birth story...they depart with their wisdom to parts unknown. So perhaps that is integral to the story of Jesus, that one must accept the wisdom that comes from God.