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Micah 5 International Standard Version (ISV)

[a]“Now marshal yourselves as troops.[b]
He has laid siege to us.
    They will strike the judge[c] of Israel on the cheek with a rod.”

The Ruler from Bethlehem

[d]“As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
    even though you remain least among the clans[e] of Judah,
nevertheless, the one who rules in Israel for me
    will emerge from you.
His existence has been[f] from antiquity,
    even from eternity.
Therefore that ruler[g] will abandon them
    until the woman in labor gives birth.
Then the rest of his countrymen will return to the Israelis.”

“Then he will take his stand,
    shepherding by means of the strength of the Lord,
        by the power[h] of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will be firmly[i] established;
    indeed, from then on he will become great—
        to the ends of the earth.
And he will be our peace.”

God’s Judgment on Assyria

“When the Assyrian invades our land,
    trampling through our palaces,
we will raise up seven shepherds against him,
    even eight significant men.
The shepherds[j] will devastate the land of Assyria with the sword,
    along with the entrances to the land of Nimrod.

“This is how he will vanquish[k] Assyria
    when he invades our land,
        trampling within our borders:
The survivors of Jacob will live among many nations,
    as dew from the Lord,
        as showers upon the grass.
They will look to no one,
    and will place no hope in human beings.
The survivors of Jacob will live among the nations;
    they will live among many nations,
        like a lion among flocks of sheep,
who, if he passes through,
    will trample and tear down
        with no one to deliver.
You will turn your power[l] against your adversaries,
    and all of your enemies will be cut down.”

God Removes Idolatry

10 “It will come about at that time,” declares the Lord,
    “I will tear away your horses from you,
        and I will destroy your chariots.
11 I will cut off the cities of your land,
    and I will tear down all of your fortifications.
12 I will render your witchcraft powerless,[m]
    and mediums will no longer exist among you.
13 I will separate you from your carved images and sacred pillars,
    and you no longer will worship
        what you’ve made with your hands.
14 I will uproot your cultic gods[n] from you,
    and I will tear down your cities.
15 I will execute vengeance, anger, and fury
    on the nations who do not obey.”


  1. Micah 5:1 5:1 is 4:14 in MT
  2. Micah 5:1 Lit. yourselves, you daughter of mobs
  3. Micah 5:1 Or ruler
  4. Micah 5:2 5:2 is 5:1 in MT, 5:3 is 5:2 in MT, and so throughout the chapter
  5. Micah 5:2 Or thousands
  6. Micah 5:2 The Heb. lacks has been
  7. Micah 5:3 Lit. Therefore he
  8. Micah 5:4 Or majesty
  9. Micah 5:4 The Heb. lacks firmly
  10. Micah 5:6 Lit. And they
  11. Micah 5:6 Lit. will deliver from
  12. Micah 5:9 Lit. hand
  13. Micah 5:12 Lit. will cut witchcraft out of your hands
  14. Micah 5:14 Heb. Asherim
International Standard Version (ISV)

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Micah 5 New International Version (NIV)

A Promised Ruler From Bethlehem

[a]Marshal your troops now, city of troops,
    for a siege is laid against us.
They will strike Israel’s ruler
    on the cheek with a rod.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans[b] of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”

Therefore Israel will be abandoned
    until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
    to join the Israelites.

He will stand and shepherd his flock
    in the strength of the Lord,
    in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
    will reach to the ends of the earth.

And he will be our peace
    when the Assyrians invade our land
    and march through our fortresses.
We will raise against them seven shepherds,
    even eight commanders,
who will rule[c] the land of Assyria with the sword,
    the land of Nimrod with drawn sword.[d]
He will deliver us from the Assyrians
    when they invade our land
    and march across our borders.

The remnant of Jacob will be
    in the midst of many peoples
like dew from the Lord,
    like showers on the grass,
which do not wait for anyone
    or depend on man.
The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations,
    in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the beasts of the forest,
    like a young lion among flocks of sheep,
which mauls and mangles as it goes,
    and no one can rescue.
Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies,
    and all your foes will be destroyed.

10 “In that day,” declares the Lord,

“I will destroy your horses from among you
    and demolish your chariots.
11 I will destroy the cities of your land
    and tear down all your strongholds.
12 I will destroy your witchcraft
    and you will no longer cast spells.
13 I will destroy your idols
    and your sacred stones from among you;
you will no longer bow down
    to the work of your hands.
14 I will uproot from among you your Asherah poles[e]
    when I demolish your cities.
15 I will take vengeance in anger and wrath
    on the nations that have not obeyed me.”


  1. Micah 5:1 In Hebrew texts 5:1 is numbered 4:14, and 5:2-15 is numbered 5:1-14.
  2. Micah 5:2 Or rulers
  3. Micah 5:6 Or crush
  4. Micah 5:6 Or Nimrod in its gates
  5. Micah 5:14 That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah
New International Version (NIV)

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