Micah 7:18-20

God's Steadfast Love and Compassion

18 1Who is a God like you, 2pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression 3for the remnant of his inheritance? 4He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.
19 He will 5again have compassion on us; 6he will tread our iniquities underfoot. 7You will cast all our[a] sins into the depths of the sea.
20 8You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, 9as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

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Micah 7:18-20 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 7:18-20 In-Context

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.
20 You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

Cross References 9

  • 1. See Exodus 15:11
  • 2. Jeremiah 50:20; See Exodus 34:7
  • 3. Jeremiah 50:20; See Exodus 34:7
  • 4. Psalms 103:9
  • 5. Psalms 80:14
  • 6. [Romans 6:14]
  • 7. [Isaiah 38:17]
  • 8. [Luke 1:72, 73]
  • 9. Psalms 105:9, 10

Footnotes 1

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