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Micah 5

From Defeated Ruler to Conquering King

1 a Now daughter [who is] under attack, you slash yourself [in grief]; a siege is set against us! They are striking the judge of Israel on the cheek with a rod.
2 b Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me.c His origind is from antiquity, from eternity.e
3 Therefore, He will abandon them until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of His brothers will return to the people of Israel.f
4 He will stand and shepherd [them]g in the strength of Yahweh, in the majestic name of Yahweh His God. They will live securely, for then His greatness will extend to the ends of the earth.
5 Thereh will be peace.i When Assyria invades our land, when it marches against our fortresses, we will raise against it seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men.
6 They will shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrodj with a drawn blade.k So He will rescue us from Assyria when it invades our land, when it marches against our territory.

The Glorious and Purified Remnant

7 Then the remnant of Jacob will be among many peoplesl like dew from the Lord,m like showers on the grass, which do not wait for anyone or linger for mankind.
8 Then the remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, among many peoples, like a lion among animals of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, which tramples and tears as it passes through, and there is no one to rescue [them].
9 Your hand will be lifted up against your adversaries, and all your enemies will be destroyed.
10 In that day- the Lord's declaration- I will remove your horses from you and wreck your chariots.
11 I will remove the cities of your land and tear down all your fortresses.n
12 I will remove sorceries from your hands, and you will not have any more fortune-tellers.
13 I will remove your carved images and sacred pillars from you,o so that you will not bow down again to the work of your hands.
14 I will pull up the Asherah polesp from among you and demolish your cities.q
15 I will take vengeance in anger and wrath against the nations that have not obeyed [Me].
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