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The Book of Micah warns that the transgression of Jacob and the sin of Israel always brings destruction.

Book of Micah

The book of "Micah the Morashtite" was passed down by a prophet in Judaism who is the author. He is considered one of the Twelve Minor Prophets of the Hebrew Bible and was a contemporary of the prophets Isaiah, Amos and Hosea in southwest Judah during the reigns of kings Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah.

Micah's messages were directed chiefly toward Jerusalem and its future destruction along with Samaria but also the restoration of the Judean state.

He rebuked the people for their dishonesty and idolatry.

"Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Zion ["parched place" title, monument] shall be plowed [like] a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest." Jeremiah 26:18

Micah line by line

Micah 1

1. Concerning the watchmen and the double peace of God
2. Hear, all ye people
3. God will tread the high places
4. Mountains will melt
5. transgression of Jacob
6. The watchmen and the stone, the foundation will go down
7. Graven images, idols, harlots will be desolate
  • The watchmen fail to warn the people their schemes of getting their brothers inheritance will bring destruction and desolation.
8. They will wail and howl... stripped and naked:
9. A wound [is] incurable;
10. Make known the "winepress"],the "house of dust"
11. Beauty is gone, layed naked, with no leader of the flock]
12. The inhabitant of bitterness waits for good: but evil comes
13. The invincible is overrun with chariot for transgressions of Israel
14. Therefore shall be seize by deceit
15. There will be an heir to the crest of a hill with justice and glory of Israel.
16. Shear thy head for thy delicate children are captive.
  • The people will suffer, with no hope and be overrun because they believe a lie[1]

Micah 2

1. Woe to them that devise iniquity,
2. They covet fields, and take [them] by violence;and oppress a man and his house, and his heritage.
3. Against this family which an evil that shall not remove your necks.
4. a parable of lamentation against you and changed the portion
5. Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.
6. No one shall prophesy to them the shame.
7. My words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
8. my people is risen up as an enemy
9. The women are cast out from their pleasant houses; their children have ye taken.
10. Depart this [is] not [your] rest but is polluted, it shall destroy [you].
11. walking in the spirit and falsehood is a lie.
12. I will gather the remnant of Israel as the sheep of Bozrah.
13. They have passed through the gate.
  • Their eyes will be darkened but the upright will hear. Those that covet will be the enemy of truth. Their blindness will bring destruction but a remnant shall find refuge.

Micah 3

1. They will know judgment
2. They hate the good, and love the evil.
3. They bite one another in the flesh pots of a civil the caldron.
4. They cry out but God does not hear them because they will not hear him.
5. The false pastors who make my people err make war against God.
6. They have no vision.[2]
7. There is no answer of God.[3]
  • Because they bite one another they will be devoured and God will not save them.
8. He declares unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.[4]
9. Hear this those who abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.[5]
10. They build with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.[6]
11. The judges and the priests are corrupted by the wages of unrighteousness.[7]
12. Therefore shall destruction come.

Micah 4

1. In the last days the mountain of the LORD shall be established.
2. And many nations shall learn his ways and walk in them.
3. And he shall judge rebuke strong nations that not learn war any more.
4. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree.
5. For all people will walk on their own.
6. The LORD shall assemble.
7. And there shall be a remnant a strong nation the LORD shall reign over.
  • A remnant shall come and be blessed and protected.
8. And the flock of the strong hold the kingdom shall come.
9. Thou cry out aloud? is there no king? a woman in travail.
10. Be in pain, and labour out of the city, being redeemed from Babylon; thine enemies.
11. Nations are gathered against thee.
12. They know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel.
13. Arise and thresh, for their substance is given unto the Lord of the whole earth.
  • The flock of Bozrah shall inherit for the Lord and His purposes.

Micah 5

1. Gather thyself in troops, trouble coming.
2. From Bethlehem Ephratah shall he come forth
3. They are give them up, until the time of the remnant of the children of Israel.
4. He shall stand and feed; and they shall abide.
5. He shall be the princes of peace
6. They shall waste the land of Nimrod.
7. The remnant of Jacob shall be many.
8. And none can be delivered.
9. Thine hand shall be lifted up.
10. The LORD will cut off thy horses.[8]
11. And cut off the cities and strong holds[9]
12. And I will cut off witchcrafts[10] and soothsayers:
13. Thy graven images nor worship the work of thine hands.
14. And destroy thy cities.
15. And I will execute vengeance.
  • The cities, Strongholds and the works of your hands will be destroyed.

Micah 6

1. People hear thy voice.
2. Hear people of the earth in conflict.
3. What have I done that ye testify against me.
4. I brought thee out of Egypt.
5. O my people, remember Balaam.
  • Why have ye rejected me and returned to Egypt?
6 Shall I come with burnt offerings?
7. Will the LORD be pleased with my soul?
8. What is good,justly, and has mercy?
9. The LORD'S voice crieth.
10. Are there treasures of wickedness?
11. Are you pure or with the wicked balances?
12. Rich men thereof are full of violence.
13. Made sick in smiting because of sins.
14. Not satisfied; nor deliver.
15. Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap.
16. Because of the statutes of Omri and not the commandments.

Micah 7

1. Woe is me!... my soul desired fruit.
2. The good man is perished... they hunt with a net.
3. That they may do evil with both hands ... mischievous desire:
4. The best of them is as a brier...thy watchmen and ... perplexity.
5. Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide...
6. The son dishonoureth the father... enemies are the men of his own house.
  • Woe to the people because the do evil with both hands and cannot be trusted for they dishonor their father and mother.
7. I will look unto the LORD; I will wait... my God will hear me.
8. I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light...
9. I will bear indignation ... he will bring me forth to the light
10. mine enemy shall see it, and be trodden down as the mire.
11. Thy walls are to be built, ... the decree be far removed.
12. In that day he shall come from Assyria.
13. Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of the fruit of their doings.
  • The people sit in darkness and we are in need of repentance so God can save us from the Assyrians.
14. Feed thy people with thy rod... as in the days of old.
15. According to the coming out of the land of Egypt.
16. Nations shall be confounded... their ears shall be deaf.
17. They shall lick the dust ... and shall fear because of thee.
18. Who is God like because he delighteth in mercy.
19. He will have compassion subdue our iniquities.
20. Thou wilt perform the truth... which thou hast sworn unto our fathers.

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Preceded by: Jonah - Followed by: Nahum

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  1. 2 Thessalonians 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    Context 2 Thessalonians 2:1 ¶ Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 ¶ Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 [Even him], whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. but though the children will go into captivity there will be a remnant that lives by righteousness and humility.
  2. Psalms 107:10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, [being] bound in affliction and iron;
    Isaiah 42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
    Isaiah 47:5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms{religion of Babylon}.
    Micah 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD [shall be] a light unto me.
    Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and [in] the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
    Matthew 23:16 Woe unto you, [ye] blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
    Matthew 23:17 [Ye] fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
    Matthew 23:19 [Ye] fools and blind: for whether [is] greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
    Matthew 23:24 [Ye] blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
    Matthew 23:26 [Thou] blind Pharisee, cleanse first that [which is] within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
    Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
    Luke 6:39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?
    John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
  3. 2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
    Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words], having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage{profit}. 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
    22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
  4. Genesis 25:29 ¶ And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he [was] faint: 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red [pottage]; for I [am] faint: therefore was his name called Edom. 31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. 32 And Esau said, Behold, I [am] at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised [his] birthright.
  5. Malachi 2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
  6. Herod did that with the Corban of the Pharisees and John the Baptist and Jesus opposed those covetous practices.
  7. Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
    Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    Matthew 25:11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
    Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
    Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
    Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
    John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
    John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
    1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
    1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
    1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
    1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
    Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
    Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
  8. Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.
  9. 04013 מִבְצָר‎ mibtsar [mib-tsawr’] also (in pl.) fem. (#Da 11:15) מבצרה‎ mibtsarah [mib-tsaw-raw’]; from 01219; n m; [BDB-131a] [{See TWOT on 270 @@ "270g" }] AV-hold 13, fenced 12, fortress 6, defenced 4, strong 2; 37
    1) fortification, fortress, fortified city, stronghold
    • מ ם Mem Fountain of water a fountain of the Divine Wisdom [massive, overpower chaos] 40
    • ב Beit Purpose: God Dwelling Place Below - from house or God's house here[household, in, into] 2
    • ע Ayin also U Divine Providence Eye or Well of five states of kindness or severity. [eye, watch] 70
    • ר Reish Process of Clarification The "head" or "beginning". Life's revelation. [Head... Person head highest] 200
    • See also Bozrah 01224
  10. 07385 רִיק‎ riyq [reek] ReishYodKuf from 07324; n m; [BDB-938a] [{See TWOT on 2161 @@ "2161b" }] AV-vain 7, vanity 2, no purpose 1, empty 1, vain thing 1; 12
    1) emptiness, vanity, empty, idle, vain