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Micah 5 :: New International Version (NIV)

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A Promised Ruler From Bethlehem

Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:1 - Marshal your troops now, city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:2 - “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[fn] of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:3 - Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son, and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:4 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:5 - And he will be our peace when the Assyrians invade our land and march through our fortresses. We will raise against them seven shepherds, even eight commanders,
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:6 - who will rule[fn] the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod with drawn sword.[fn] He will deliver us from the Assyrians when they invade our land and march across our borders.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:7 - 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 anyone or depend on man.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:8 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:9 - Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies, and all your foes will be destroyed.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:10 - “In that day,” declares the LORD, “I will destroy your horses from among you and demolish your chariots.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:11 - I will destroy the cities of your land and tear down all your strongholds.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:12 - I will destroy your witchcraft and you will no longer cast spells.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:13 - I will destroy your idols and your sacred stones from among you; you will no longer bow down to the work of your hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:14 - I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles[fn] when I demolish your cities.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 5:15 - I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me.”
NIV Footnotes
Or rulers
Or crush
Or Nimrod in its gates
That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah

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