Micah Chapter 4 |
1In the days to come,
The Mount of the Lord’s House shall stand
Firm above the mountains;
And it shall tower above the hills.
The peoples shall gaze on it with joy,
2And the many nations shall go and shall say:
Let us go up to the Mount of the Lord,
To the House of the God of Jacob;
That He may instruct us in His ways,
And that we may walk in His paths.”
For instruction shall come forth from Zion,
The word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3Thus He will judge among the many peoples,
And arbitrate for the multitude of nations,
And they shall beat their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not take up
Sword against nation;
They shall never again know war;
4But every man shall sit
Under his grapevine or fig tree
With no one to disturb him.
For it was the Lord of Hosts who spoke.
5Though all the peoples walk
Each in the names of its gods,
We will walk
In the name of the Lord our God
Forever and ever.
6In that day
—declares the Lord—
I will assemble the lame [sheep]
And will gather the outcast
And those I have treated harshly;
7And I will turn the lame into a remnant
And the expelled into a populous nation.
And the Lord will reign over them on Mount Zion
Now and for evermore.
8And you, O Migdal-eder,
Outpost of Fair Zion,
It shall come to you:
The former monarchy shall return—
The kingship of Fair Jerusalem.
9Now why do you utter such cries?
Is there no king in you,
Have your advisors perished,
That you have been seized by writhing
Like a woman in travail?
10Writhe and scream, Fair Zion,
Like a woman in travail!
For now you must leave the city
And dwell in the country—
And you will reach Babylon.
There you shall be saved,
There the Lord will redeem you
From the hands of your foes.
11Indeed, many nations
Have assembled against you
Who think, “Let our eye
Obscenely gaze on Zion.”
12But they do not know
The design of the Lord,
They do not divine His intent:
He has gathered them
Like cut grain to the threshing floor.
13Up and thresh, Fair Zion!
For I will give you horns of iron
And provide you with hoofs of bronze,
And you will crush the many peoples.
You will devote their riches to the Lord,
Their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.
14Now you gash yourself in grief.
They have laid siege to us;
They strike the ruler of Israel
On the cheek with a staff.