Through My Bible Yr 1 – January 11

Micah 4:8-5:15 (NIV84)


Through My Bible – January 11

Bible reading based on Micah 4:8-5:15 (NIV84)

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8 As for you, O watchtower of the flock,
O stronghold [ a ] of the Daughter of Zion,
the former dominion will be restored to you;
kingship will come to the Daughter of Jerusalem.”  9 Why do you now cry aloud—
have you no king?
Has your counselor perished,
that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?  10 Writhe in agony, O Daughter of Zion,
like a woman in labor,
for now you must leave the city
to camp in the open field.
You will go to Babylon;
there you will be rescued.
There the LORD will redeem you
out of the hand of your enemies.  11 But now many nations
are gathered against you.
They say, “Let her be defiled,
let our eyes gloat over Zion!”  12 But they do not know
the thoughts of the LORD;
they do not understand his plan,
he who gathers them like sheaves to the threshing floor.  13 “Rise and thresh, O Daughter of Zion,
for I will give you horns of iron;
I will give you hoofs of bronze
and you will break to pieces many nations.”
You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the LORD,
their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.

Micah 5

A Promised Ruler From Bethlehem

1 Marshal your troops, O city of troops, [ b ]
for a siege is laid against us.
They will strike Israel’s ruler
on the cheek with a rod.  2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans [ c ] of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins [ d ] are from of old,
from ancient times. [ e ]”  3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned
until the time when she who is in labor gives birth
and the rest of his brothers return
to join the Israelites.  4 He will stand and shepherd his flock
in the strength of the LORD,
in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth.  5 And he will be their peace.

Deliverance and Destruction

When the Assyrian invades our land
and marches through our fortresses,
we will raise against him seven shepherds,
even eight leaders of men.  6 They will rule [ f ] the land of Assyria with the sword,
the land of Nimrod with drawn sword. [ g ]
He will deliver us from the Assyrian
when he invades our land
and marches into our borders.  7 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 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 mauls and mangles as it goes,
and no one can rescue.  9 Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies,
and all your foes will be destroyed.  10 “In that day,” declares the LORD,
“I will destroy your horses from among you
and demolish your chariots.  11 I will destroy the cities of your land
and tear down all your strongholds.  12 I will destroy your witchcraft
and you will no longer cast spells.  13 I will destroy your carved images
and your sacred stones from among you;
you will no longer bow down
to the work of your hands.  14 I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles [ h ]
and demolish your cities.  15 I will take vengeance in anger and wrath
upon the nations that have not obeyed me.”

Footnotes:

  1. Micah 4:8 Or hill
  2. Micah 5:1 Or Strengthen your walls, O walled city
  3. Micah 5:2 Or rulers
  4. Micah 5:2 Hebrew goings out
  5. Micah 5:2 Or from days of eternity
  6. Micah 5:6 Or crush
  7. Micah 5:6 Or Nimrod in its gates
  8. Micah 5:14 That is, symbols of the goddess Asherah