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Micah 7

The general prevalence of wickedness. (1-7) Reliance on God, and triumph over enemies. (8-13) Promises and encouragements for Israel. (14-20)

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The general prevalence of wickedness

1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.

2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Reliance on God, and triumph over enemies

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.

9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.

12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.

13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

Promises and encouragements for Israel

14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.

15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.

16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Figs, which are the worst. S. Jer. S. Amb. in Lu. vii. 3. Yet they were eagerly sought after, before the other figs came to maturity. They had escaped the rigours of winter. Such Christ (C.) seemed to expect. Mark xi. 13.

Ver. 2. Holy man. Heb. chasid, (H.) “the pious” Assidean. 2 Mac. xiv. 6. The disorder of Israel was great, though some were religious. C. — Such expressions only mean that few could be found, and that the far greatest number rejected the prophet’s advice. W.

Ver. 3. Giving. Sept. “speaks words of peace.” He flatters the prince, (H.) and dares not oppose the unjust. Syr. “he says, bring presents.” — Troubled it; or, “have thy?” &c. Heb. “they confirm it.”

Ver. 4. Brier. Heb. chedek, or “thorn.” Sept. “a consuming moth.” — Inspection, or of thy chiefs (H.) and prophets. C.

Ver. 5. Bosom. In times of general distress, even domestics are not trusted; because all are solicitous for themselves, even to the prejudice of others. W. — Before the ruin of Israel civil wars raged. 4 K. xv. Our Saviour alludes to this passage. Mat. x. 35. Lu. xii. 52. and xxi. 16. People will rise up to oppress true believers; and these must abandon their nearest relations, when they prove an obstacle to salvation. Thus is the moral, and the other the literal sense. C.

Ver. 10. She; Babylon, my enemy. Ch. — It was taken by the Medes and Persians, who set the Jews at liberty, to the great mortification of their enemies. W. — God thus displayed his justice or mercy, rescuing his people from the nigh of misery. — Streets. Cyrus treated the fallen city with contempt. It stood for some time afterwards. C.

Ver. 11. Law of thy enemies, who have tyrannized over thee. Ch. — The walls of Jerusalem are ordered to be rebuilt. Agg. i.

Ver. 12. Fortified. Heb. also, “Egypt, and from Egypt to the river Euphrates,” &c. The Jews shall occupy their ancient limits. Amos viii. 12. C. — The fenced cities may be Pelusium, Gaza, Tyre, &c. From all parts the captives shall return. H. — They were very numerous under the Machabees, and in the time of Christ. C.

Ver. 13. Land of Babylon, (Ch.) or “the land of Judea (H.) has been,” &c. It might also be again made desolate, because the captives built houses for themselves, and neglected the temple. Agg. i. 10.

Ver. 14. Alone: destitute of all things, or in full security. Jer. xv. 17. Num. xxiii. 9. God will feed his people (C.) in the most fertile places, designated by Carmel and Basan. H. — A pastor must maintain sound doctrine and discipline. W.

Ver. 15. Wonders. The prophets speaking of the return, have Christ and his religion in view; so that they seem not to find terms sufficiently magnificent. Is. ix. 15. and xliii. 16. Zac. x. 11. We know from Esdras that nothing so surprising attended the liberation of the people. C.

Ver. 16. Strength, because they cannot overcome the Hebrews or Christians. M. — Deaf, being astonished. Job xxi. 5.

Ver. 17. Serpents, (Gen. iii. 14.) out of respect or rage. C. — Converts shall humbly apply to the ministers of Christ to receive baptism and confirmation. Theod. Sanct. lxvii.

Ver. 18. No more, for past offences. Yet, if they transgress again, they must not expect impunity. The Jews still bleed for the murder of the Messias. C.

Ver. 19. Away. Prot. “subdue,” (H.) or trample upon. C.

Ver. 20. Truth, performing what he had promised out of mercy to Abraham. W.