Micah 7 ©
The church complains of her small number, and the general corruptions of great and small, for which God’s judgment is at hand, v. 1, etc. She gives warning not to confide in men, and puts her confidence in God, 5. She triumphs by faith over her enemy, 8. God comforts her with His future work of grace by the Messiah, their Shepherd, though Canaan would lie waste, 11. Whereupon the church cheerfully speaks to Christ, 14. God promises to show her wonderful things, 15. She prophecies of the confusion of the enemies of the Gospel, 16. She stands in admiration of the grace of God and waits in faith for the coming of Christ, 18.
WOE1 is me! 2for I am 3as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no 4cluster to eat: 5my soul desired the 6firstripe fruit.
The 7goodaman is perished 8out of the earth: and there is none 9upright among men: they all lie in wait for 10blood; they hunt every man his brother with a 11net.
¶ 12That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince 13asketh, and the judge asketh forb a 14reward; and the 15great man, he uttereth his 16mischievousc17desire: so they 18wrap it up.
The 19best of them is as a 20brier: the most upright is sharper than a 21thorn hedge: the 22day of thy 23watchmen and 24thy 25visitation 26cometh; 27now shall be 28their 29perplexity.
¶ 30Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a 31guide: 32keep the doors of thy mouth from 33her that 34lieth in thy 35bosom.
For the sond36dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a 37man’s enemies are the men of 38his own house.
39Therefore I will 40look unto the LORD; I will 41wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
¶Rejoice not against 42me, O mine 43enemy: when I 44fall, I 45shall arise; when I 46sit in 47darkness, the LORD shall be a 48light unto me.
I will 49bear the 50indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he pleade my 51cause, and execute judgment for me: he will 52bring me forth to the light, and 53I shall behold his 54righteousness.
Then she that is 55mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which saidf unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall 56behold her: 57now shall she be trodden down as the 58mire of the streets.
In the day that 59thy 60walls are to be built,g in that day shall the 61decree be far removed.
In that day also 62he shall come even to thee from 63Assyria, and from the 64fortified cities, and from the 65fortress even to the 66river, and from 67sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.
68Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because 69of them that dwell therein, for the 70fruith of their doings.
¶ 71Feedi thy 72people with thy 73rod, the 74flock of thine 75heritage, which dwell 76solitarily in the wood, in the midst of 77Carmel: let them feed in 78Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
According to the days of 79thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto 80him marvellousjthings.
¶The 81nations shall see and be confounded 82at all their might: they shall lay their 83hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be 84deaf.
They shall lick the 85dustk like a serpent, they shall 86move out of their holes like 87worms of the earth: 88they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of 89thee.
Who is a God like unto thee, that 90pardonethl iniquity, and 91passeth by the 92transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he 93retaineth not his anger for ever, 94because he delighteth in mercy.
He will turn 95again, he will have compassion upon us; he will 96subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all 97their sins into the 98depths of the sea.
Thou wilt 99perform the truth to 100Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the 101days of old.