Micah 4:11-13

11 Now 1many nations are assembled against you, saying, "Let her be defiled, and 2let our eyes gaze upon Zion."
12 But 3they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, that 4he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hoofs bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples; and 5shall devote[a]6their gain to the LORD, their wealth to 7the Lord of the whole earth.

Micah 4:11-13 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO MICAH 4

This chapter contains some gracious promises concerning the glory and happiness of the church of Christ in the last days; as of its stability, exaltation, and increase, and of the spread of the Gospel from it, Mic 4:1,2; and of the peace and security of it, and constant profession and exercise of religion in it, Mic 4:3-5; and of the deliverance of it from affliction and distress, and the ample and everlasting kingdom of Christ in it, Mic 4:6-8; and then follow some prophecies more particularly respecting the Jews; as that, though they should be in distress, and be carried captive into Babylon, they should be delivered from thence, Mic 4:9,10; and, though many people should be gathered against them, yet should not be able to prevail over them, but their attempts would issue in their own destruction, Mic 4:11-13.

Micah 4:11-13 In-Context

9 Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in you? Has your counselor perished, that pain seized you like a woman in labor?
10 Writhe and groan, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in labor, for now you shall go out from the city and dwell in the open country; you shall go to Babylon. There you shall be rescued; there the LORD will redeem you from the hand of your enemies.
11 Now many nations are assembled against you, saying, "Let her be defiled, and let our eyes gaze upon Zion."
12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hoofs bronze; you shall beat in pieces many peoples; and shall devotetheir gain to the LORD, their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.

Cross References 7

  • 1. Zechariah 12:3
  • 2. Micah 7:10; Obadiah 12
  • 3. [Isaiah 10:7]
  • 4. [Joel 3:13; Habakkuk 3:12; Matthew 3:12; Luke 3:17]
  • 5. Leviticus 27:28
  • 6. Isaiah 23:18
  • 7. Psalms 97:5

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew devote to destruction
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