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The Ruler From the Little Town of Bethlehem

Now, gather the troops, you daughter[a] of troops.
A siege is laid against us.
    With a rod they will strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.[b]

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
    from you, will go out the one who will be the ruler for me in Israel.
    His goings forth[c] are from the beginning, from the days of eternity.[d]

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  1. Micah 5:1 The term daughter refers to the city.
  2. Micah 5:1 English verse 5:1 is verse 4:14 in Hebrew. In chapter 5, the English verse numbers are one higher than the Hebrew.
  3. Micah 5:2 The term goings forth, which is plural in Hebrew, has been understood in three ways: 1) as a reference to the eternal generation (begetting) of the Son, who goes out from the Father; 2) as a reference to the human origins of the Messiah, who descends from the patriarchs; 3) as a reference to the appearances of Christ as the Angel of the Lord, throughout the Old Testament.
  4. Micah 5:2 Or from days of old