Micah 7:1-20 NIV
1What misery is mine!
I am like one who gathers summer fruit
at the gleaning of the vineyard;
there is no cluster of grapes to eat,
none of the early figs that I crave.
2The faithful have been swept from the land;
not one upright person remains.
Everyone lies in wait to shed blood;
they hunt each other with nets.
3Both hands are skilled in doing evil;
the ruler demands gifts,
the judge accepts bribes,
the powerful dictate what they desire—
they all conspire together.
4The best of them is like a brier,
the most upright worse than a thorn hedge.
The Day GOD Visits you has come,
the day your watchmen sound the alarm.
Now is the time of your confusion.
5Do not trust a neighbor;
put no confidence in a friend.
Even with the woman who lies in your embrace
guard the words of your lips.
6For a son dishonors his father,
a daughter rises up against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.
7But as for me, I watch in hope for The LORD,
I wait for GOD my SAVIOR;
my GOD Will Hear me.
Israel Will Rise
8Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though I sit in darkness,
The LORD Will Be my Light.
9Because I have sinned against HIM,
I will bear The LORD'S Wrath,
until HE Pleads my case
and Upholds my cause.
HE Will Bring me Out into the light;
I will see HIS Righteousness.
10Then my enemy will see it
and will be covered with shame,
she who said to me,
“Where is The LORD your GOD?”
My eyes will see her downfall;
even now she will be trampled underfoot
like mire in the streets.
11The day for building your walls will come,
the day for extending your boundaries.
12In that day people will come to you
from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
even from Egypt to the Euphrates
and from sea to sea
and from mountain to mountain.
13The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants,
as the result of their deeds.
Prayer and Praise
14Shepherd your people with your staff,
the flock of your inheritance,
which lives by itself in a forest,
in fertile pasturelands.a
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead
as in days long ago.
15“As in the days when you came out of Egypt,
I Will Show them MY Wonders.”
16Nations will see and be ashamed,
deprived of all their power.
They will put their hands over their mouths
and their ears will become deaf.
17They will lick dust like a snake,
like creatures that crawl on the ground.
They will come trembling out of their dens;
they will turn in fear to The LORD our GOD
and will be afraid of YOU.
18 Who Is A GOD Like YOU,
Who Pardons sin and Forgives the transgression
of the remnant of HIS Inheritance?
YOU Do Not Stay Angry Forever
But Delight To Show Mercy.
19YOU Will again Have Compassion On us;
YOU Will Tread our sins underfoot
and Hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
20YOU Will Be Faithful to Jacob,
and Show Love to Abraham,
As YOU Pledged on oath to our ancestors
in days long ago.
7:1-7 The prophet bemoans himself that he lived among a people ripening for ruin, in which many good persons would suffer. Men had no comfort, no satisfaction in their own families or in their nearest relations. Contempt and violation of domestic duties are a sad symptom of universal corruption. Those are never likely to come to good who are undutiful to their parents. The prophet saw no safety or comfort but in looking to The LORD, and waiting on GOD HIS Salvation. When under trials, we should look continually to our DIVINE REDEEMER that we may have strength and grace to trust in HIM, and to be examples to those around us.
7:8-13 Those truly penitent for sin, will see great reason to be patient under affliction. When we complain to The LORD of the badness of the times, we ought to complain against ourselves for the badness of our hearts. We must depend upon GOD to work deliverance for us in due time. We must not only look to HIM, but look for HIM.
In our greatest distresses, we shall see no reason to despair of salvation, if by faith we look to The LORD as The GOD of our salvation. Though enemies triumph and insult, they shall be silenced and put to shame. Though Zion's walls may long be in ruins, there will come a day when they shall be repaired. Israel shall come from all the remote parts, not turning back.
Though our enemies may seem to prevail against us, and to rejoice over us, we should not despond. Though cast down, we are not destroyed; we may join hope in GOD'S Mercy, with submission to HIS Correction. No hindrances can prevent the Favors The LORD Intends for HIS church.