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Micah 5 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 But for now, prepare for the worst, victim daughter! The siege is set against us. They humiliate Israel's king, slapping him around like a rag doll. 1 Marshal your troops, O city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel's ruler on the cheek with a rod.
2 But you, Bethlehem, David's country, the runt of the litter - From you will come the leader who will shepherd-rule Israel. He'll be no upstart, no pretender. His family tree is ancient and distinguished. 2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times. "
3 Meanwhile, Israel will be in foster homes until the birth pangs are over and the child is born, And the scattered brothers come back home to the family of Israel. 3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
4 He will stand tall in his shepherd-rule by God's strength, centered in the majesty of God-Revealed. And the people will have a good and safe home, for the whole world will hold him in respect - Peacemaker of the world! 4 He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.
5 And if some bullying Assyrian shows up, invades and violates our land, don't worry. We'll put him in his place, send him packing, and watch his every move. 5 And he will be their peace. When the Assyrian invades our land and marches through our fortresses, we will raise against him seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men.
6 Shepherd-rule will extend as far as needed, to Assyria and all other Nimrod-bullies. Our shepherd-ruler will save us from old or new enemies, from anyone who invades or violates our land. 6 They will rule the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod with drawn sword. He will deliver us from the Assyrian when he invades our land and marches into our borders.
7 The purged and select company of Jacob will be like an island in the sea of peoples. They'll be like dew from God, like summer showers Not mentioned in the weather forecast, not subject to calculation or control. 7 The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the LORD, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for man or linger for mankind.
8 Yes, the purged and select company of Jacob will be like an island in the sea of peoples, Like the king of beasts among wild beasts, like a young lion loose in a flock of sheep, Killing and devouring the lambs and no one able to stop him. 8 The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, which mauls and mangles as it goes, and no one can rescue.
9 With your arms raised in triumph over your foes, your enemies will be no more! 9 Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies, and all your foes will be destroyed.
10 "The day is coming" - God's Decree - "When there will be no more war. None. I'll slaughter your war horses and demolish your chariots. 10 "In that day," declares the LORD, "I will destroy your horses from among you and demolish your chariots.
11 I'll dismantle military posts and level your fortifications. 11 I will destroy the cities of your land and tear down all your strongholds.
12 I'll abolish your religious black markets, your underworld traffic in black magic. 12 I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells.
13 I will smash your carved and cast gods and chop down your phallic posts. No more taking control of the world, worshiping what you do or make. 13 I will destroy your carved images and your sacred stones from among you; you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands.
14 I'll root out your sacred sex-and-power centers and destroy the God-defiant. 14 I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles and demolish your cities.
15 In raging anger, I'll make a clean sweep of godless nations who haven't listened." 15 I will take vengeance in anger and wrath upon the nations that have not obeyed me."