Bible: Micah 4:1-5:5

Better Days Ahead for Jerusalem

4:1 In the future 1  the Lord’s Temple Mount will be the most important mountain of all; 2 

it will be more prominent than other hills. 3 

People will stream to it.

4:2 Many nations will come, saying,

Come on! Let’s go up to the Lord’s mountain,

to the temple 4  of Jacob’s God,

so he can teach us his commands 5 

and we can live by his laws.” 6 

For Zion will be the source of instruction;

the Lord’s teachings will proceed from Jerusalem. 7 

4:3 He will arbitrate 8  between many peoples

and settle disputes between many 9  distant nations. 10 

They will beat their swords into plowshares, 11 

and their spears into pruning hooks. 12 

Nations will not use weapons 13  against other nations,

and they will no longer train for war.

4:4 Each will sit under his own grapevine

or under his own fig tree without any fear. 14 

The Lord who commands armies has decreed it. 15 

4:5 Though all the nations follow their respective gods, 16 

we will follow 17  the Lord our God forever.

Restoration Will Follow Crisis

4:6In that day,” says the Lord, “I will gather the lame,

and assemble the outcasts whom I injured. 18 

4:7 I will transform the lame into the nucleus of a new nation, 19 

and those far off 20  into a mighty nation.

The Lord will reign over them on Mount Zion,

from that day forward and forevermore.” 21 

4:8 As for you, watchtower for the flock, 22 

fortress of Daughter Zion 23 

your former dominion will be restored, 24 

the sovereignty that belongs to Daughter Jerusalem.

4:9 Jerusalem, why are you 25  now shouting so loudly? 26 

Has your king disappeared? 27 

Has your wise leader 28  been destroyed?

Is this why 29  pain grips 30  you as if you were a woman in labor?

4:10 Twist and strain, 31  Daughter Zion, as if you were in labor!

For you will leave the city

and live in the open field.

You will go to Babylon,

but there you will be rescued.

There the Lord will deliver 32  you

from the power 33  of your enemies.

4:11 Many nations have now assembled against you.

They say, “Jerusalem must be desecrated, 34 

so we can gloat over Zion! 35 

4:12 But they do not know what the Lord is planning;

they do not understand his strategy.

He has gathered them like stalks of grain to be threshed 36  at the threshing floor.

4:13Get up and thresh, Daughter Zion!

For I will give you iron horns; 37 

I will give you bronze hooves,

and you will crush many nations.” 38 

You will devote to the Lord the spoils you take from them,

and dedicate their wealth to the sovereign Ruler 39  of the whole earth. 40 

5:1 41  But now slash yourself, 42  daughter surrounded by soldiers! 43 

We are besieged!

With a scepter 44  they strike Israel’s ruler 45 

on the side of his face.

A King Will Come and a Remnant Will Prosper

5:2 As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, 46 

seemingly insignificant 47  among the clans of Judah

from you a king will emerge who will rule over Israel on my behalf, 48 

one whose origins 49  are in the distant past. 50 

5:3 So the Lord 51  will hand the people of Israel 52  over to their enemies 53 

until the time when the woman in labor 54  gives birth. 55 

Then the rest of the king’s 56  countrymen will return

to be reunited with the people of Israel. 57 

5:4 He will assume his post 58  and shepherd the people 59  by the Lord’s strength,

by the sovereign authority of the Lord his God. 60 

They will live securely, 61  for at that time he will be honored 62 

even in the distant regions of 63  the earth.

5:5 He will give us peace. 64 

Should the Assyrians try to invade our land

and attempt to set foot in our fortresses, 65 

we will send 66  against them seven 67  shepherd-rulers, 68 

make that eight commanders. 69 

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