And thou Bethlehem Ephrathah art [a]little to be among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me, that shall be the ruler in Israel: whose [b]goings forth have been from the beginning and from everlasting.

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 5:2 For so the Jews divided their country that for every thousand there was a chief captain: and because Bethlehem was not able to make a thousand, he calleth it little, but yet God will raise up his captain and governor therein: and thus it is not the least by reason of this benefit, as Matt. 2:6.
  2. Micah 5:2 He showeth that the coming of Christ and all his ways were appointed of God from all eternity.

And they said unto him, At Bethlehem in Judea: for so it is written by the Prophet,

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