Micah 7:1-7

Wait for the God of Salvation

1 Woe is me! For I have become 1as when the summer fruit has been gathered, as when the grapes have been gleaned: there is no cluster to eat, no 2first-ripe fig that my soul desires.
2 3The godly has perished from the earth, and 4there is no one upright among mankind; 5they all lie in wait for blood, and 6each hunts the other with a net.
3 7Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well; 8the prince and 9the judge ask for a bribe, and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul; thus they weave it together.
4 The best of them is 10like a brier, the most upright of them a thorn hedge. The day of 11your watchmen, of your punishment, has come; 12now their confusion is at hand.
5 13Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard 14the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms;[a]
6 for 15the son treats the father with contempt, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 16a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7 But as for me, I will look to the LORD; 17I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

Micah 7:1-7 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO MICAH 7

This chapter begins with a lamentation of the prophet, in the name of the church and people of God, concerning the general depravity and corruption of the times in which he lived, Mic 7:1-6; then declares what he was determined to do for his relief in such circumstances, Mic 7:7; comforts himself and the church with a good hope and firm belief of its being otherwise and better with them, to the shame and confusion of their enemies that now rejoiced, though without just reason for it, Mic 7:8-10; with promises of deliverance, after a desolation of the land for some time, Mic 7:11-13; and with the answer returned to the prayers of the prophet, Mic 7:14,15; which would issue in the astonishment of the world, and their subjection to the church of God, Mic 7:16,17; and the chapter is concluded with admiration at the pardoning grace and mercy of God, and his faithfulness to his promises, Mic 7:18-20.

Micah 7:1-7 In-Context

1 Woe is me! For I have become as when the summer fruit has been gathered, as when the grapes have been gleaned: there is no cluster to eat, no first-ripe fig that my soul desires.
2 The godly has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among mankind; they all lie in wait for blood, and each hunts the other with a net.
3 Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well; the prince and the judge ask for a bribe, and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul; thus they weave it together.
4 The best of them is like a brier, the most upright of them a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen, of your punishment, has come; now their confusion is at hand.
5 Put no trust in a neighbor; have no confidence in a friend; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your arms;
6 for the son treats the father with contempt, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7 But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
8 Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.
9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication.
10 Then my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, "Where is the LORD your God?" My eyes will look upon her; now she will be trampled down like the mire of the streets.
11 A day for the building of your walls! In that day the boundary shall be far extended.

Cross References 17

  • 1. Isaiah 24:13; [Isaiah 17:6]
  • 2. Hosea 9:10
  • 3. [Psalms 12:1; Isaiah 57:1]
  • 4. Psalms 14:1, 3
  • 5. [Psalms 10:9; Hosea 6:8, 9]
  • 6. Isaiah 9:19
  • 7. [Zephaniah 3:7]
  • 8. [Psalms 82:1, 2]
  • 9. Micah 3:11
  • 10. [2 Samuel 23:6, 7; Nahum 1:10]; See Ezekiel 2:6
  • 11. See Ezekiel 33:2
  • 12. [Micah 3:6, 7; Isaiah 22:5]
  • 13. Jeremiah 9:4
  • 14. [Psalms 141:3]
  • 15. Ezekiel 22:7; [Matthew 10:21, 35; Luke 12:53]
  • 16. Cited Matthew 10:36
  • 17. [Lamentations 3:26]

Footnotes 1

The English Standard Version is published with the permission of Good News Publishers.