Bible: Micah 4:1-5:5
Better Days Ahead for Jerusalem
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
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;
4:3 He will arbitrate 8 between many peoples
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
4:5 Though all the nations follow their respective gods, 16
we will follow 17 the
Restoration Will Follow Crisis
4:6 “In that day,” says the
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.
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.
Has your king disappeared? 27
Has your wise leader 28 been destroyed?
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.
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
they do not understand his strategy.
He has gathered them like stalks of grain to be threshed 36 at the threshing floor.
4:13 “Get 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
We are besieged!
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
Then the rest of the king’s 56 countrymen will return
to be reunited with the people of Israel. 57
by the sovereign authority of the
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
make that eight commanders. 69