Micah 4:6-13

The LORD’s Plan

6 “In that day,” declares the LORD, “I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief.
7 I will make the lame my remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The LORD will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever.
8 As for you, watchtower of the flock, stronghold[a] of Daughter Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.”
9 Why do you now cry aloud— have you no king[b] ? Has your ruler[c] perished, that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?
10 Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion, like a woman in labor, for now you must leave the city to camp in the open field. You will go to Babylon; there you will be rescued. There the LORD will redeem you out of the hand of your enemies.
11 But now many nations are gathered against you. They say, “Let her be defiled, let our eyes gloat over Zion!”
12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 “Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion, for I will give you horns of iron; I will give you hooves of bronze, and you will break to pieces many nations.” You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the LORD, their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.

Micah 4:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;
ESV
6 In that day, declares the LORD, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away and those whom I have afflicted;
NLT
6 “In that coming day,” says the LORD, “I will gather together those who are lame, those who have been exiles, and those whom I have filled with grief.
MSG
6 "On that great day," God says, "I will round up all the hurt and homeless, everyone I have bruised or banished.
CSB
6 On that day- [this is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration- I will assemble the lame and gather the scattered, those I have injured.

Micah 4:6-13 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 4:6-13 In-Context

4 Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken.
5 All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the LORDour God for ever and ever.
6 “In that day,” declares the LORD, “I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief.
7 I will make the lame my remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The LORD will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever.
8 As for you, watchtower of the flock, stronghold of Daughter Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.”
9 Why do you now cry aloud— have you no king ? Has your ruler perished, that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?
10 Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion, like a woman in labor, for now you must leave the city to camp in the open field. You will go to Babylon; there you will be rescued. There the LORD will redeem you out of the hand of your enemies.
11 But now many nations are gathered against you. They say, “Let her be defiled, let our eyes gloat over Zion!”
12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 “Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion, for I will give you horns of iron; I will give you hooves of bronze, and you will break to pieces many nations.” You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the LORD, their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.

Cross References 18

  • 1. S Jeremiah 31:8
  • 2. S Psalms 106:47; Psalms 147:2
  • 3. S Ezekiel 34:13,16; S Ezekiel 37:21; Zephaniah 3:19
  • 4. S Joel 2:32; S Micah 2:12
  • 5. S Genesis 12:2
  • 6. S Isaiah 2:2
  • 7. S Daniel 2:44; S Daniel 7:14; S Luke 1:33; Revelation 11:15
  • 8. S Isaiah 1:26
  • 9. Zechariah 9:9
  • 10. Jeremiah 8:19
  • 11. S Genesis 3:16; Jeremiah 30:6; Jeremiah 48:41
  • 12. S Deuteronomy 21:10; 2 Kings 20:18; Isaiah 43:14
  • 13. S Isaiah 48:20
  • 14. S Lamentations 2:16; S Obadiah 1:12; Micah 7:8
  • 15. S Genesis 50:20; S Isaiah 55:8; Romans 11:33-34
  • 16. S Isaiah 21:10
  • 17. S Isaiah 45:1; S Daniel 2:44
  • 18. S Isaiah 23:18

Footnotes 3

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