Micah 7:14-17

14 1Shepherd your people 2with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, who dwell alone in a forest 3in the midst of 4a garden land;[a] let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old.
15 5As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them[b] marvelous things.
16 6The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; 7they shall lay their hands on their mouths; their ears shall be deaf;
17 8they shall lick the dust like a serpent, like the crawling things of the earth; 9they shall come trembling out of their strongholds; 10they shall turn in dread to the LORD our God, and they shall be in fear of you.

Micah 7:14-17 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 7:14-17 In-Context

12 In that day they will come to you, from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, and from Egypt to the River, from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.
13 But the earth will be desolate because of its inhabitants, for the fruit of their deeds.
14 Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, who dwell alone in a forest in the midst of a garden land; let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old.
15 As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them marvelous things.
16 The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall lay their hands on their mouths; their ears shall be deaf;
17 they shall lick the dust like a serpent, like the crawling things of the earth; they shall come trembling out of their strongholds; they shall turn in dread to the LORD our God, and they shall be in fear of you.
18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.
19 He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

Cross References 10

  • 1. Psalms 28:9; [Micah 5:4]
  • 2. Psalms 23:4
  • 3. Jeremiah 50:19; [Zechariah 10:10]
  • 4. See Joshua 19:26
  • 5. Psalms 78:12; See Isaiah 11:16
  • 6. [Isaiah 26:11; Isaiah 52:15]
  • 7. See Judges 18:19
  • 8. Psalms 72:9; Isaiah 49:23
  • 9. Psalms 18:45
  • 10. [Micah 4:1]

Footnotes 2

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