Micah 5-7 - Birth of the King in Bethlehem; What God Requires of Man;

Micah 5

Birth of the King in Bethlehem


1 "Now muster yourselves in troops,

daughter of troops;

They have laid siege against us;

With a rod they will smite the judge of

Israel on the cheek.

2 "But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

Too little to be among the clans of Judah,

From you One will go forth for Me to be

ruler in Israel.

His goings forth are from long ago,

From the days of eternity."

3 Therefore He will give them up until the

time

When she who is in labor has borne a child.

Then the remainder of His brethren

Will return to the sons of Israel.

4 And He will arise and shepherd His flock

In the strength of the LORD,

In the majesty of the name of the LORD

His God.

And they will remain,

Because at that time He will be great

To the ends of the earth.

5 This One will be our peace.

When the Assyrian invades our land,

When he tramples on our citadels,

Then we will raise against him

Seven shepherds and eight leaders

of men.

6 They will shepherd the land of Assyria

with the sword,

The land of Nimrod at its entrances;

And He will deliver us from the Assyrian

When he attacks our land

And when he tramples our territory.


7 Then the remnant of Jacob

Will be among many peoples

Like dew from the LORD,

Like showers on vegetation

Which do not wait for man

Or delay for the sons of men.

8 The remnant of Jacob

Will be among the nations,

Among many peoples

Like a lion among the beasts of

the forest,

Like a young lion among flocks of sheep,

Which, if he passes through,

Tramples down and tears,

And there is none to rescue.

9 Your hand will be lifted up against

your adversaries,

And all your enemies will be cut off.


10 "It will be in that day," declares the

LORD,

"That I will cut off your horses from

among you

And destroy your chariots.

11 "I will also cut off the cities of your

land

And tear down all your fortifications.

12 "I will cut off sorceries from your hand,

And you will have fortune-tellers no more.

13 "I will cut off your carved images

And your sacred pillars from among you,

So that you will no longer bow down

To the work of your hands.

14 "I will root out your Asherim from among

you

And destroy your cities.

15 "And I will execute vengeance in anger

and wrath

On the nations which have not obeyed."


Micah 6

God's Indictment of His People


1 Hear now what the LORD is saying,

"Arise, plead your case before the mountains,

And let the hills hear your voice.

2 "Listen, you mountains, to the indictment

of the LORD,

And you enduring foundations of the earth,

Because the LORD has a case against His

people;

Even with Israel He will dispute.

3 "My people, what have I done to you,

And how have I wearied you? Answer Me.

4 "Indeed, I brought you up from the land

of Egypt

And ransomed you from the house of

slavery,

And I sent before you Moses, Aaron and

Miriam.

5 "My people, remember now

What Balak king of Moab counseled

And what Balaam son of Beor answered him,

And from Shittim to Gilgal,

So that you might know the righteous acts

of the LORD."


What God Requires of Man


6 With what shall I come to the LORD

And bow myself before the God on high?

Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings,

With yearling calves?

7 Does the LORD take delight in thousands

of rams,

In ten thousand rivers of oil?

Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious

acts,

The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8 He has told you, O man, what is good;

And what does the LORD require of you

But to do justice, to love kindness,

And to walk humbly with your God?


9 The voice of the LORD will call to the city--

And it is sound wisdom to fear Your name:

"Hear, O tribe. Who has appointed its time?

10 "Is there yet a man in the wicked house,

Along with treasures of wickedness

And a short measure that is cursed?

11 "Can I justify wicked scales

And a bag of deceptive weights?

12 "For the rich men of the city are full of

violence,

Her residents speak lies,

And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

13 "So also I will make you sick, striking

you down,

Desolating you because of your sins.

14 "You will eat, but you will not be satisfied,

And your vileness will be in your midst.

You will try to remove for safekeeping,

But you will not preserve anything,

And what you do preserve I will give to

the sword.

15 "You will sow but you will not reap.

You will tread the olive but will not anoint

yourself with oil;

And the grapes, but you will not drink wine.

16 "The statutes of Omri

And all the works of the house of Ahab

are observed;

And in their devices you walk.

Therefore I will give you up for destruction

And your inhabitants for derision,

And you will bear the reproach of My people."


Micah 7

The Prophet Acknowledges


1 Woe is me! For I am

Like the fruit pickers, like the grape

gatherers.

There is not a cluster of grapes to eat,

Or a first-ripe fig which I crave.

2 The godly person has perished from

the land,

And there is no upright person among

men.

All of them lie in wait for bloodshed;

Each of them hunts the other with a net.

3 Concerning evil, both hands do it well.

The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe,

And a great man speaks the desire of his

soul;

So they weave it together.

4 The best of them is like a briar,

The most upright like a thorn hedge.

The day when you post your watchmen,

Your punishment will come.

Then their confusion will occur.

5 Do not trust in a neighbor;

Do not have confidence in a friend.

From her who lies in your bosom

Guard your lips.

6 For son treats father contemptuously,

Daughter rises up against her mother,

Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

A man's enemies are the men of his own

household.


God Is the Source of Salvation and Light


7 But as for me, I will watch expectantly

for the LORD;

I will wait for the God of my salvation.

My God will hear me.

8 Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy.

Though I fall I will rise;

Though I dwell in darkness,

the LORD is a light for me.


9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD

Because I have sinned against Him,

Until He pleads my case and executes

justice for me.

He will bring me out to the light,

And I will see His righteousness.

10 Then my enemy will see,

And shame will cover her who said to me,

"Where is the LORD your God?"

My eyes will look on her;

At that time she will be trampled down

Like mire of the streets.

11 It will be a day for building your walls.

On that day will your boundary be extended.

12 It will be a day when they will come

to you

From Assyria and the cities of Egypt,

From Egypt even to the Euphrates,

Even from sea to sea and mountain to

mountain.

13 And the earth will become desolate

because of her inhabitants,

On account of the fruit of their deeds.


14 Shepherd Your people with Your

scepter,

The flock of Your possession

Which dwells by itself in the woodland,

In the midst of a fruitful field.

Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead

As in the days of old.

15 "As in the days when you came out

from the land of Egypt,

I will show you miracles."

16 Nations will see and be ashamed

Of all their might.

They will put their hand on their mouth,

Their ears will be deaf.

17 They will lick the dust like a serpent,

Like reptiles of the earth.

They will come trembling out of their

fortresses;

To the LORD our God they will come

in dread

And they will be afraid before You.

18 Who is a God like You, who pardons

iniquity

And passes over the rebellious act of the

remnant of His possession?

He does not retain His anger forever,

Because He delights in unchanging love.

19 He will again have compassion on us;

He will tread our iniquities under foot.

Yes, You will cast all their sins

Into the depths of the sea.

20 You will give truth to Jacob

And unchanging love to Abraham,

Which You swore to our forefathers

From the days of old.

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