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The Prophets Before the Exile

(Category 8 of 16)

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CHAPTER 5 References

1 a1 Kin.
22:24; Job
16:10; Lam.
3:30; Matt.
27:30; Mark
2 aIs. 11:1;
Matt. 2:6;
Luke 2:4, 11;
John 7:42
bGen. 35:19;
48:7; Ruth
4:11 c1 Sam.
23:23 dEx.
18:25 e[Gen.
49:10; Is. 9:6] fPs. 90:2;
[John 1:1] 1Lit. the days
of eternity
3 aHos. 11:8;
Mic. 4:10
bMic. 4:7; 7:18
4 a[Is. 40:11;
49:9; Ezek.
34:13–15, 23,
24]; Mic. 7:14
bPs. 72:8; Is.
52:13; Zech.
9:10; [Luke
1:32] 1shepherd
5 a[Is. 9:6];
Luke 2:14;
[Eph. 2:14;
Col. 1:20]


1 Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops; He has laid siege against us; They will astrike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek.

The Coming Messiah

2 “But you, aBethlehem bEphrathah, Though you are little camong the dthousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be eRuler in Israel, fWhose goings forth are from of old, From 1everlasting.”

3 Therefore He shall give them up, Until the time that ashe who is in labor has given birth; Then bthe remnant of His brethren Shall return to the children of Israel.
4 And He shall stand and afeed1 His flock In the strength of the LORD, In the majesty of the name of the LORD His God; And they shall abide, For now He bshall be great To the ends of the earth;
5 And this One ashall be peace.

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Judgment on Israel’s Enemies When the Assyrian comes into our land, And when he treads in our palaces, Then we will raise against him Seven shepherds and eight princely men.
6 They shall 1waste with the sword the land of Assyria, And the land of aNimrod at its entrances; Thus He shall bdeliver us from the Assyrian, When he comes into our land And when he treads within our borders.

7 Then athe remnant of Jacob Shall be in the midst of many peoples, bLike dew from the LORD, Like showers on the grass, That 1tarry for no man Nor 2wait for the sons of men.
8 And the remnant of Jacob Shall be among the Gentiles, In the midst of many peoples, Like a alion among the beasts of the forest, Like a young lion among flocks of sheep, Who, if he passes through, Both treads down and tears in pieces, And none can deliver.
9 Your hand shall be lifted against your adversaries, And all your enemies shall be 1cut off.
10 “And it shall be in that day,” says the LORD, “That I will acut1 off your bhorses from your midst And destroy your cchariots.
11 I will cut off the cities of your land And throw down all your strongholds.
12 I will cut off sorceries from your hand, And you shall have no asoothsayers.
13 aYour carved images I will also cut off, And your sacred pillars from your midst; You shall bno more worship the work of your hands;
14 I will pluck your 1wooden images from your midst; Thus I will destroy your cities.
15 And I will aexecute vengeance in anger and fury On the nations that have not 1heard.”

God Pleads with Israel


1 Hear now what the LORD says: “Arise, plead your case before the mountains,

6 aGen.
10:8–11 bIs.
14:25 1devastate
7 aMic. 5:3
bDeut. 32:2
1wait 2delay
8 aNum. 24:9
9 1destroyed
10 aZech. 9:10
bDeut. 17:16
cIs. 2:7; 22:18
12 aIs. 2:6
13 aZech. 13:2
bIs. 2:8
14 1Heb. Asherim,
15 a[2 Thess.
1:8] 1obeyed

CHAPTER 6 References

2 aPs. 50:1, 4
bHos. 12:2
c[Is. 1:18] 1bring
3 aJer. 2:5, 31
bIs. 43:22, 23
4 a[Deut. 4:20] 5 aNum. 22:5,
6 bJudg. 5:11
1Heb. Shittim,
Num. 25:1;
Josh. 2:1; 3:1
7 aIs. 1:11
bJob 29:6 c2
Kin. 16:3 1My
own child
8 a[Deut.
10:12] bGen.
18:19 1Or
11 aHos. 12:7
12 aMic. 2:1, 2

And let the hills hear your voice.
2 aHear, O you mountains, bthe LORD’s complaint, And you strong foundations of the earth; For cthe LORD has a complaint against His people, And He will 1contend with Israel.

3 “O My people, what ahave I done to you? And how have I bwearied you? Testify against Me.
4 aFor I brought you up from the land of Egypt, I redeemed you from the house of bondage; And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O My people, remember now What aBalak king of Moab counseled, And what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, From 1Acacia Grove to Gilgal, That you may know bthe righteousness of the LORD.”

6 With what shall I come before the LORD, And bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, With calves a year old?
7 aWill the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand brivers of oil? cShall I give my firstborn for my transgression, 1The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8 He has ashown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But bto do justly, To love 1mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

Punishment of Israel’s Injustice

9 The LORD’s voice cries to the city— Wisdom shall see Your name:

“Hear the rod! Who has appointed it?
10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness In the house of the wicked, And the short measure that is an abomination?
11 Shall I count pure those with athe wicked scales, And with the bag of deceitful weights?
12 For her rich men are full of aviolence,

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Her inhabitants have spoken lies, And btheir tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

13 “Therefore I will also amake you sick by striking you, By making you desolate because of your sins.
14 aYou shall eat, but not be satisfied; 1Hunger shall be in your midst. 2You may carry some away, but shall not save them; And what you do rescue I will give over to the sword.

15 “You shall asow, but not reap; You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; And make sweet wine, but not drink wine.
16 For the statutes of aOmri are bkept; All the works of Ahab’s house are done; And you walk in their counsels, That I may make you a 1desolation, And your inhabitants a hissing. Therefore you shall bear the creproach of 2My people.”

Sorrow for Israel’s Sins


1 Woe is me! For I am like those who gather summer fruits, Like those who aglean vintage grapes; There is no cluster to eat Of the first-ripe fruit which bmy soul desires.
2 The afaithful1 man has perished from the earth, And there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; bEvery man hunts his brother with a net.

3 That they may successfully do evil with both hands— The prince asks for gifts, The judge seeks a abribe, And the great man utters his evil desire; So they scheme together.
4 The best of them is alike a brier; The most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge; The day of your watchman and your punishment comes; Now shall be their perplexity.

5 aDo not trust in a friend; Do not put your confidence in a companion; Guard the doors of your mouth From her who lies in your bbosom.

12 bJer.
9:2–6, 8
13 aLev. 26:16
14 aLev. 26:26
1Or Emptiness
2Tg.,Vg. You
shall take
15 aAmos 5:11
16 a1 Kin.
16:25, 26
bHos. 5:11
cIs. 25:8 1Or
object of horror
2So with
MT, Tg.,Vg.;
LXX nations

CHAPTER 7 References

1 aIs. 17:6 bIs.
2 aIs. 57:1
bHab. 1:15
1Or loyal
3 aMic. 3:11
4 aEzek. 2:6;
Luke 1:72, 73
5 aJer. 9:4
bDeut. 28:56
6 aMatt. 10:36
7 aIs. 25:9
8 aProv. 24:17
b[Prov. 24:16] 9 aLam. 3:39,
40 bJer. 50:34
10 aPs. 35:26
bPs. 42:3
11 a[Amos
9:11] 1Or the
shall be
12 a[Is. 11:16;
19:23–25] 1Lit.
he, collective
of the captives
arey mazor,
possibly cities
of Egypt
3Heb. mazor,
Egypt 4The
13 aJer. 21:14
14 aIs. 37:24
15 aPs. 68:22;
78:12 bEx.
34:10 1Lit.
him, collective
for the
16 aIs. 26:11
bJob 21:5

MICAH 7:16

6 For ason dishonors father, Daughter rises against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.
7 Therefore I will look to the LORD; I will await for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.

Israel’s Confession and Comfort

8 aDo not rejoice over me, my enemy; bWhen I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The LORD will be a light to me.
9 aI will bear the indignation of the LORD, Because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my bcase And executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light; I will see His righteousness.
10 Then she who is my enemy will see, And ashame will cover her who said to me, b“Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes will see her; Now she will be trampled down Like mud in the streets.

11 In the day when your awalls are to be built, In that day 1the decree shall go far and wide.
12 In that day athey1 shall come to you From Assyria and the 2fortified cities, From the 3fortress to 4the River, From sea to sea, And mountain to mountain.
13 Yet the land shall be desolate Because of those who dwell in it, And afor the fruit of their deeds.

God Will Forgive Israel

14 Shepherd Your people with Your staff, The flock of Your heritage, Who dwell 1solitarily in a awoodland, In the midst of Carmel; Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, As in days of old.

15 “Asa in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show 1them bwonders.”

16 The nations ashall see and be ashamed of all their might; bThey shall put their hand over their mouth;

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MICAH 7:17

Their ears shall be deaf.
17 They shall lick the adust like a serpent; bThey shall crawl from their holes like 1snakes of the earth. cThey shall be afraid of the LORD our God, And shall fear because of You.
18 aWho is a God like You, bPardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of cthe remnant of His heritage?

17 a[Is. 49:23] bPs. 18:45
cJer. 33:9 1Lit.
18 aEx. 15:11
bEx. 34:6, 7, 9
cMic. 4:7 dPs.
103:8, 9, 13
e[Ezek. 33:11] 1Or lovingkindness
19 1Lit. their
20 aLuke 1:72,
73 bPs. 105:9
1Or lovingkindness

dHe does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in emercy.1
19 He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all 1our sins Into the depths of the sea.
20 aYou will give truth to Jacob And 1mercy to Abraham, bWhich You have sworn to our fathers From days of old.

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Simple Trust in the LORD

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

1 LORD, my heart is not 1haughty, Nor my eyes 2lofty. aNeither do I 3concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too 4profound for me.

PSALM 131 References

1 a[Rom.
12:16] 1Proud
3Lit. walk in
2 a[Matt. 18:3] 3 a[Ps. 130:7]

2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, aLike a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 aO Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever.




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