Micah 4:10

10 "1Writhe and labor to give birth, Daughter of Zion, Like a woman in childbirth; For now you will 2go out of the city, Dwell in the field, And go to Babylon. 3There you will be rescued; 4There the LORD will redeem you From the hand of your enemies.

Micah 4:10 Meaning and Commentary

Micah 4:10

Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion,
like a woman in travail
Bear thy troubles and calamities, sufferings and sorrows, patiently, and expect deliverance from them, as a woman in such circumstances does: or, as some render it in the future, "thou shalt be in pain" F25; and so is a prediction of their distress and captivity, which is expressed in plainer terms in the following clauses: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city;
the city of Jerusalem; either by flight, in a private and secret manner, as Zedekiah and his princes, and part of his army did; or by force, being taken and led out by the enemy: and thou shalt dwell in the field;
being turned out of their houses, they were obliged to lodge in the fields, while they were collected together, and in a body marched as captives to Babylon; and while on the road lay in the open fields, and not in houses, who had been used to dwell in a city, and in their panelled houses; but now even their city itself was ploughed like a field, as before predicted: and thou shalt go [even] to Babylon;
to the city of Babylon, as their king did, and many of them also; and others of them into various parts of that kingdom: this is a clear prophecy of the Babylonish captivity, which came to pass upwards of a hundred years after this: there shalt thou be delivered;
after seventy years captivity, by the hand of Cyrus; who taking the city of Babylon, and making himself master of the whole empire, delivered the Jews from their bondage, and gave them liberty to return to their own land: there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies;
the Chaldeans: and this was typical of the deliverance and redemption of all the Lord's people from the hand of all their spiritual enemies; from Satan and the world, law, death, and hell; by the blood of the great Redeemer, and near kinsman of his people, the Lord Jesus Christ.


FOOTNOTES:

F25 (ylwx) "dolebis ac suspirabis", so some in Vatablus.

Micah 4:10 In-Context

8 "As for you, tower of the flock, Hill of the daughter of Zion, To you it will come - Even the former dominion will come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.
9 "Now, why do you cry out loudly? Is there no king among you, Or has your counselor perished, That agony has gripped you like a woman in childbirth?
10 "Writhe and labor to give birth, Daughter of Zion, Like a woman in childbirth; For now you will go out of the city, Dwell in the field, And go to Babylon. There you will be rescued; There the LORD will redeem you From the hand of your enemies.
11 "And now many nations have been assembled against you Who say, 'Let her be polluted, And let our eyes gloat over Zion.'
12 "But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD , And they do not understand His purpose; For He has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Micah 5:3
  • 2. 2 Kings 20:18; Hosea 2:14
  • 3. Isaiah 43:14; Isaiah 45:13; Micah 7:8-12
  • 4. Isaiah 48:20; Isaiah 52:9-12