Micah 7:8-20

8 1Rejoice not over me, O 2my enemy; 3when I fall, I shall rise; 4when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.
9 5I will bear the indignation of the LORD because I have sinned against him, until 6he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. 7He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication.
10 Then 8my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who 9said to me, "Where is the LORD your God?" 10My eyes will look upon her; now she will be trampled down 11like the mire of the streets.
11 12A day for the building of your walls! In that day the boundary shall be far extended.
12 In that day they[a] will come to you, 13from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, and from Egypt to 14the River, 15from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.
13 But 16the earth will be desolate because of its inhabitants, for the fruit of their deeds.
14 17Shepherd your people 18with your staff, the flock of your inheritance, who dwell alone in a forest 19in the midst of 20a garden land;[b] let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old.
15 21As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them[c] marvelous things.
16 22The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; 23they shall lay their hands on their mouths; their ears shall be deaf;
17 24they shall lick the dust like a serpent, like the crawling things of the earth; 25they shall come trembling out of their strongholds; 26they shall turn in dread to the LORD our God, and they shall be in fear of you.

God's Steadfast Love and Compassion

18 27Who is a God like you, 28pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression 29for the remnant of his inheritance? 30He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.
19 He will 31again have compassion on us; 32he will tread our iniquities underfoot. 33You will cast all our[d] sins into the depths of the sea.
20 34You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, 35as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

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Micah 7:8-20 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 7:8-20 In-Context

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.
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.
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 35

  • 1. [Jeremiah 50:11; Lamentations 4:21]
  • 2. ver. 10
  • 3. Psalms 37:24
  • 4. Psalms 112:4
  • 5. [Jeremiah 10:19]
  • 6. See 1 Samuel 24:15
  • 7. Psalms 37:6
  • 8. ver. 8
  • 9. See Joel 2:17
  • 10. Micah 4:11
  • 11. Psalms 18:42; See 2 Samuel 22:43
  • 12. [Psalms 102:13]
  • 13. [Isaiah 11:11, 16; Isaiah 19:23, 24; Isaiah 27:13; Hosea 11:11; Zechariah 10:10]
  • 14. See Genesis 31:21
  • 15. Zechariah 9:10
  • 16. Micah 6:13
  • 17. Psalms 28:9; [Micah 5:4]
  • 18. Psalms 23:4
  • 19. Jeremiah 50:19; [Zechariah 10:10]
  • 20. See Joshua 19:26
  • 21. Psalms 78:12; See Isaiah 11:16
  • 22. [Isaiah 26:11; Isaiah 52:15]
  • 23. See Judges 18:19
  • 24. Psalms 72:9; Isaiah 49:23
  • 25. Psalms 18:45
  • 26. [Micah 4:1]
  • 27. See Exodus 15:11
  • 28. Jeremiah 50:20; See Exodus 34:7
  • 29. Jeremiah 50:20; See Exodus 34:7
  • 30. Psalms 103:9
  • 31. Psalms 80:14
  • 32. [Romans 6:14]
  • 33. [Isaiah 38:17]
  • 34. [Luke 1:72, 73]
  • 35. Psalms 105:9, 10

Footnotes 4

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