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Micah 5

1 # 5.1 Ch 4.14 in Heb Now you are walled around with a wall;#5.1 Cn Compare Gk: Meaning of Heb uncertain
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the ruler of Israel
upon the cheek.
The Ruler from Bethlehem
2 # 5.2 Ch 5.1 in Heb But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
3Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has brought forth;
then the rest of his kindred shall return
to the people of Israel.
4And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth;
5and he shall be the one of peace.
If the Assyrians come into our land
and tread upon our soil,#5.5 Gk: Heb in our palaces
we will raise against them seven shepherds
and eight installed as rulers.
6They shall rule the land of Assyria with the sword,
and the land of Nimrod with the drawn sword;#5.6 Cn: Heb in its entrances
they#5.6 Heb he shall rescue us from the Assyrians
if they come into our land
or tread within our border.
The Future Role of the Remnant
7Then the remnant of Jacob,
surrounded by many peoples,
shall be like dew from the Lord,
like showers on the grass,
which do not depend upon people
or wait for any mortal.
8And among the nations the remnant of Jacob,
surrounded by many peoples,
shall be like a lion among the animals of the forest,
like a young lion among the flocks of sheep,
which, when it goes through, treads down
and tears in pieces, with no one to deliver.
9Your hand shall be lifted up over your adversaries,
and all your enemies shall be cut off.
10In that day, says the Lord,
I will cut off your horses from among you
and will destroy your chariots;
11and I will cut off the cities of your land
and throw down all your strongholds;
12and I will cut off sorceries from your hand,
and you shall have no more soothsayers;
13and I will cut off your images
and your pillars from among you,
and you shall bow down no more
to the work of your hands;
14and I will uproot your sacred poles#5.14 Heb Asherim from among you
and destroy your towns.
15And in anger and wrath I will execute vengeance
on the nations that did not obey.

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