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Micah 4 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

The Lord Will Teach the Nations

    In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s house
    will be established as the highest of the mountains
        and raised above the hills.
            People will stream to it.
Then many nations will come and say,
    “Let’s go to the mountain of the Lord,
        to the house of the God of Jacob.
            He will teach us his ways so that we may live by them.”
The teachings will go out from Zion.
The Lord’s word will go out from Jerusalem.
    Then he will judge disputes between many people
        and settle arguments between many nations far and wide.
    They will hammer their swords into plowblades
        and their spears into pruning shears.
    Nations will never fight against each other,
        and they will never train for war again.
They will sit under their grapevines and their fig trees,
    and no one will make them afraid.
        The Lord of Armies has spoken.
All the nations live by the names of their gods,
    but we will live by the name of the Lord our God forever.

“When that day comes,” declares the Lord,
    “I will gather those who are lame.
    I will bring together those who are scattered
        and those whom I have injured.
    I will change those who are lame into a faithful people.
    I will change those who are forced away into a strong nation.”
The Lord will rule them on Mount Zion now and forever.
You, Jerusalem, watchtower of the flock,
    stronghold of the people of Zion,
        your former government will come back to you.
            The kingdom will return to the people of Jerusalem.

Now why are you crying so loudly?
    Don’t you have a king?
        Has your counselor died?
Pain grips you like a woman in labor.
10 Daughter of Zion, writhe in pain and groan like a woman in labor.
Now you will leave the city,
    live in the open fields,
        and go to Babylon.
            There you will be rescued.
            There the Lord will reclaim you from your enemies.

11 But now many nations gather against you.
    They say, “Let’s dishonor Zion and gloat over it.”
12     They don’t know the thoughts of the Lord or understand his plan.
        He will bring them together
            like cut grain on the threshing floor.[a]
13 Get up and thresh,[b] people of Zion.
    I will make your horns as hard as iron
        and your hoofs as hard as bronze.
            You will smash many nations into small pieces.
                You will claim their loot for the Lord,
                    their wealth for the Lord of the whole earth.

Footnotes:

  1. Micah 4:12 A threshing floor is an outdoor area where grain is separated from its husks.
  2. Micah 4:13 Threshing is the process of beating stalks to separate them from the grain.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

Micah 4 New International Version (NIV)

The Mountain of the Lord

In the last days

the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
    and peoples will stream to it.

Many nations will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
    so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
    the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between many peoples
    and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
    nor will they train for war anymore.
Everyone will sit under their own vine
    and under their own fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
    for the Lord Almighty has spoken.
All the nations may walk
    in the name of their gods,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord
    our God for ever and ever.

The Lord’s Plan

“In that day,” declares the Lord,

“I will gather the lame;
    I will assemble the exiles
    and those I have brought to grief.
I will make the lame my remnant,
    those driven away a strong nation.
The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion
    from that day and forever.
As for you, watchtower of the flock,
    stronghold[a] of Daughter Zion,
the former dominion will be restored to you;
    kingship will come to Daughter Jerusalem.

Why do you now cry aloud—
    have you no king[b]?
Has your ruler[c] perished,
    that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?
10 Writhe in agony, Daughter Zion,
    like a woman in labor,
for now you must leave the city
    to camp in the open field.
You will go to Babylon;
    there you will be rescued.
There the Lord will redeem you
    out of the hand of your enemies.

11 But now many nations
    are gathered against you.
They say, “Let her be defiled,
    let our eyes gloat over Zion!”
12 But they do not know
    the thoughts of the Lord;
they do not understand his plan,
    that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 “Rise and thresh, Daughter Zion,
    for I will give you horns of iron;
I will give you hooves of bronze,
    and you will break to pieces many nations.”
You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the Lord,
    their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.

Footnotes:

  1. Micah 4:8 Or hill
  2. Micah 4:9 Or King
  3. Micah 4:9 Or Ruler
New International Version (NIV)

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