Micah 5:1-6 New International Version

The Rule of the Deliverer from Bethlehem

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. 2  "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[1] 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." 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. 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 our peace when the Assyrians invade our land and march through our fortresses. We will raise against them seven shepherds, even eight commanders, 6  who will rule[2] the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod with drawn sword.[3]He will deliver us from the Assyrians when they invade our land and march across our borders.


[1] 5:2 Or "rulers"

[2] 5:6 Or "crush"

[3] 5:6 Or "Nimrod in its gates"

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