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Micah 5

A Ruler from Bethlehem
(Matthew 2:1–12)

1 Now, O daughter of troops,

mobilize your troops;

for a siege is laid against us!

With a rod they will strike the cheek

of the judge of Israel.

2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

who are small among the clans a of Judah,

out of you will come forth for Me

One to be ruler over Israel b

One whose origins are of old,

from the days of eternity.

3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned

until she who is in labor has given birth;

then the rest of His brothers will return

to the children of Israel.

4 He will stand and shepherd His flock

in the strength of the LORD,

in the majestic name of the LORD His God.

And they will dwell securely,

for then His greatness will extend

to the ends of the earth.

5 And He will be our peace c 

when Assyria invades our land

and tramples our citadels.

We will raise against it seven shepherds,

even eight leaders of men.

6 And they will rule the land of Assyria with the sword,

and the land of Nimrod with the blade drawn.

So He will deliver us

when Assyria invades our land

and marches into our borders.

The Remnant of Jacob
(Micah 2:12–13)

7 Then the remnant of Jacob will be

in the midst of many peoples

like dew from the LORD,

like showers on the grass,

which do not wait for man

or linger for mankind.

8 Then the remnant of Jacob will be among the nations,

in the midst of many peoples,

like a lion among the beasts of the forest,

like a young lion among flocks of sheep,

which tramples and tears as it passes through,

with no one to rescue them.

9 Your hand will be lifted over your foes,

and all your enemies will be cut off.

10 “In that day,”

declares the LORD,

“I will remove your horses from among you

and wreck your chariots.

11 I will remove the cities of your land

and tear down all your strongholds.

12 I will cut the sorceries from your hand,

and you will have no fortune-tellers.

13 I will also cut off the carved images

and sacred pillars from among you,

so that you will no longer bow down

to the work of your own hands.

14 I will root out the Asherah poles from your midst

and demolish your cities.

15 I will take vengeance in anger and wrath

upon the nations that have not obeyed Me.”



2 a Or thousands
2 b Cited in Matthew 2:6
5 c Or their peace

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