Micah 5

Birth of the King in Bethlehem

1 "Now muster yourselves in troops, daughter of troops; They have laid siege against us; With a rod they will 1smite the judge of Israel on the cheek.
2 "But as for 2you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From 3you One will go forth for Me to be 4ruler in Israel. His goings forth are 5from long ago, From the days of eternity."
3 Therefore He will 6give them up until the time When she 7who is in labor has borne a child. Then the 8remainder of His brethren Will return to the sons of Israel.
4 And He will arise and 9shepherd His flock In the strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God. And they will remain, Because at that time He will be great To the 10ends of the earth.
5 This One 11will be our peace. When the 12Assyrian invades our land, When he tramples on our citadels, Then we will raise against him Seven shepherds and eight leaders of men.
6 They will 13shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, The land of 14Nimrod at its entrances; And He will 15deliver us from the Assyrian When he attacks our land And when he tramples our territory.
7 Then the 16remnant of Jacob Will be among many peoples Like 17dew from the LORD, Like 18showers on vegetation Which do not wait for man Or delay for the sons of men.
8 The remnant of Jacob Will be among the nations, Among many peoples 19Like a lion among the beasts of the forest, Like a young lion among flocks of sheep, Which, if he passes through, 20Tramples down and 21tears, And there is 22none to rescue.
9 Your hand will be 23lifted up against your adversaries, And all your enemies will be cut off.
10 "It will be in that day," declares the LORD, "24That I will cut off your 25horses from among you And destroy your chariots.
11 "I will also cut off the 26cities of your land And tear down all your 27fortifications.
12 "I will cut off 28sorceries from your hand, And you will have fortune-tellers no more.
13 "29I will cut off your carved images And your sacred pillars from among you, So that you will no longer bow down To the work of your hands.
14 "I will root out your 30Asherim from among you And destroy your cities.
15 "And I will 31execute vengeance in anger and wrath On the nations which have not obeyed."
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