Micah bemoans his nation’s sins. Micah looks to the LORD God. The LORD God will do miracles. Micah affirms the LORD God is unique.
VERSE 1. Misery is mine! Indeed, I am like one who gathers the summer fruits, as gleanings of the vineyard. There is no cluster of grapes to eat. My soul desires to eat the early fig.
Misery is mine! Micah bemoans his nation’s sins.
no cluster of grapes to eat. Micah feels like he had gone into the fields to pick fruit but finds it all gone.
VERSE 2. The godly man has perished out of the earth, and there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; every man hunts his brother with a net.
there is no one upright among men. This reminds us of Paul:
Romans 3:10. As it is written, “There is no one righteous; no, not one.
VERSE 3. Their hands are on that which is evil to do it diligently. The ruler and judge ask for a bribe. The powerful man dictates the evil desire of his soul. Thus they conspire together.
Corruption has overrun the nation.
VERSE 4. The best of them is like a brier. The most upright is worse than a thorn hedge. The day of your watchmen, even your visitation, has come; now is the time of their confusion.
The most upright is worse than a thorn hedge. Holiness has been eradicated from the nation.
VERSE 5. Don’t trust in a neighbor. Don’t put confidence in a friend. With the woman lying in your embrace, be careful of the words of your mouth!
be careful of the words of your mouth! Everyone was turned against everyone.
VERSE 6. For the son dishonors the father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
Micah 7:6. For son treats father contemptuously, Daughter rises up against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household. (NASB translation)
Matthew 10:35. For I came to set a man at odds against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
Luke 12:53. They will be divided, father against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against her mother; mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
VERSE 7. But as for me, I will look to the LORD. I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
I will look to the LORD. These words are triumphant.
I will wait. These are not the words of an arrogant person.
VERSE 8. Don’t rejoice against me, my enemy. When I fall, I will arise. When I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.
the LORD will be a light to me. Micah sees the LORD God making him victorious.
VERSE 9. I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my case and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light. I will see his righteousness.
I will see his righteousness:
Job 19:26. After my skin is destroyed, then in my flesh shall I see God,
VERSE 10. Then my enemy will see it, and shame will cover her who said to me, “Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes will see her. Now she will be trodden down like the mire of the streets.
Zechariah 2:4. and said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying, ‘Jerusalem will be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it.
Zechariah 2:5. For I,’ says the LORD, ‘will be to her a wall of fire around it, and I will be the glory in the middle of her.
VERSE 12. In that day they will come to you from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, and from Egypt even to the River, and from sea to sea, and mountain to mountain.
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VERSE 13. Yet the land will be desolate because of those who dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.
VERSE 14. Shepherd your people with your staff, the flock of your heritage, who dwell by themselves in a forest. Let them feed in the middle of fertile pasture land, in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
VERSE 15. “As in the days of your coming out of the land of Egypt, I will show them marvelous things.”
New Living Translation. “Yes,” says the LORD, “I will do mighty miracles for you, like those I did when I rescued you from slavery in Egypt.”
I will show them marvelous things. Those are beautiful words of promise.
VERSE 16. The nations will see and be ashamed of all their might. They will lay their hand on their mouth. Their ears will be deaf.
VERSE 17. They will lick the dust like a serpent. Like crawling things of the earth, they will come trembling out of their dens. They will come with fear to the LORD our God, and will be afraid because of you.
VERSE 18. Who is a God like you, who pardons iniquity, and passes over the disobedience of the remnant of his heritage? He doesn’t retain his anger forever, because he delights in loving kindness.
NAB translation. Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance; who does not persist in anger forever, but delights rather in clemency,
the God who removes guilt and pardons sin. Once again, it is the mercy of the LORD God that stands out the most to his people!
VERSE 19. He will again have compassion on us. He will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
NAB translation. and will again have compassion on us, treading underfoot our guilt? You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins;
VERSE 20. You will give truth to Jacob, and mercy to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.
NAB translation. you will show faithfulness to Jacob, and grace to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from days of old.
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