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Micah 5 (Today's New International Version)

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A Promised Ruler From Bethlehem

1 Marshal your troops now, city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel's ruler on the cheek1 with a rod. 2 "But you, Bethlehem2 Ephrathah,3 though you are small among the clansa of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler4 over Israel, whose origins are from of old,5 from ancient times."6 3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned7 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 and shepherd his flock8 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 greatness9 will reach to the ends of the earth. 5 And he will be our peace10 when the Assyrians invade11 our land and march through our fortresses. We will raise against them seven shepherds, even eight commanders,12 6 who will ruleb the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod13 with drawn sword.c14 He will deliver us from the Assyrians when they invade our land and march into our borders.15 7 The remnant16 of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew17 from the LORD, like showers on the grass,18 which do not wait for mortals or depend on any human being. 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,19 like a young lion among flocks of sheep, which mauls and mangles20 as it goes, and no one can rescue.21 9 Your hand will be lifted up22 in triumph over your enemies, and all your foes will be destroyed. 10 "In that day," declares the LORD, "I will destroy your horses from among you and demolish your chariots.23 11 I will destroy the cities24 of your land and tear down all your strongholds.25 12 I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells.26 13 I will destroy your idols27 and your sacred stones from among you;28 you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands.29 14 I will uproot from among you your Asherah polesd30 when I demolish your cities. 15 I will take vengeance31 in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me."
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