Bible: Micah 5:1-5

5:1 1  But now slash yourself, 2  daughter surrounded by soldiers! 3 

We are besieged!

With a scepter 4  they strike Israel’s ruler 5 

on the side of his face.

A King Will Come and a Remnant Will Prosper

5:2 As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, 6 

seemingly insignificant 7  among the clans of Judah

from you a king will emerge who will rule over Israel on my behalf, 8 

one whose origins 9  are in the distant past. 10 

5:3 So the Lord 11  will hand the people of Israel 12  over to their enemies 13 

until the time when the woman in labor 14  gives birth. 15 

Then the rest of the king’s 16  countrymen will return

to be reunited with the people of Israel. 17 

5:4 He will assume his post 18  and shepherd the people 19  by the Lord’s strength,

by the sovereign authority of the Lord his God. 20 

They will live securely, 21  for at that time he will be honored 22 

even in the distant regions of 23  the earth.

5:5 He will give us peace. 24 

Should the Assyrians try to invade our land

and attempt to set foot in our fortresses, 25 

we will send 26  against them seven 27  shepherd-rulers, 28 

make that eight commanders. 29 

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