Micah 5:2
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New International Version
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans 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."

New Living Translation
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.

English Standard Version
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.

New American Standard Bible
"But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity."

King James Bible
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity.

International Standard Version
"As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah, even though you remain least among the clans of Judah, nevertheless, the one who rules in Israel for me will emerge from you. His existence has been from antiquity, even from eternity.

NET Bible
As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, seemingly insignificant among the clans of Judah--from you a king will emerge who will rule over Israel on my behalf, one whose origins are in the distant past.

New Heart English Bible
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, being small among the clans of Judah, out of you one will come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You, Bethlehem Ephrathah, are too small to be included among Judah's cities. Yet, from you Israel's future ruler will come for me. His origins go back to the distant past, to days long ago.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, Which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, Out of thee shall one come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; Whose goings forth are from of old, from ancient days.

New American Standard 1977
“ But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
            Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
            From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
             His goings forth are from long ago,
            From the days of eternity.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be Lord in Israel; and his goings forth are from the beginning, from the days of the ages.

King James 2000 Bible
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

American King James Version
But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

American Standard Version
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND THOU, BETHLEHEM Ephrata, art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel: and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity.

Darby Bible Translation
(And thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall he come forth unto me [who is] to be Ruler in Israel: whose goings forth are from of old, from the days of eternity.)

English Revised Version
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou art little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

World English Bible
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, being small among the clans of Judah, out of you one will come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.

Young's Literal Translation
And thou, Beth-Lehem Ephratah, Little to be among the chiefs of Judah! From thee to Me he cometh forth -- to be ruler in Israel, And his comings forth are of old, From the days of antiquity.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:1-6 Having showed how low the house of David would be brought, a prediction of the Messiah and his kingdom is added to encourage the faith of God's people. His existence from eternity as God, and his office as Mediator, are noticed. Here is foretold that Bethlehem should be his birthplace. Hence it was universally known among the Jews, Mt 2:5. Christ's government shall be very happy for his subjects; they shall be safe and easy. Under the shadow of protection from the Assyrians, is a promise of protection to the gospel church and all believers, from the designs and attempts of the powers of darkness. Christ is our Peace as a Priest, making atonement for sin, and reconciling us to God; and he is our Peace as a King, conquering our enemies: hence our souls may dwell at ease in him. Christ will find instruments to protect and deliver. Those that threaten ruin to the church of God, soon bring ruin on themselves. This may include the past powerful effects of the preached gospel, its future spread, and the ruin of all antichristian powers. This is, perhaps, the most important single prophecy in the Old Testament: it respects the personal character of the Messiah, and the discoveries of himself to the world. It distinguishes his human birth from his existing from eternity; it foretells the rejection of the Israelites and Jews for a season, their final restoration, and the universal peace to prevail through the whole earth in the latter days. In the mean time let us trust our Shepherd's care and power. If he permits the assault of our enemies, he will supply helpers and assistance for us.
Study Bible
A Ruler from Bethlehem
1"Now muster yourselves in troops, daughter of troops; They have laid siege against us; With a rod they will smite the judge of Israel on the cheek. 2"But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity." 3Therefore He will give them up until the time When she who is in labor has borne a child. Then the remainder of His brethren Will return to the sons of Israel.…
Cross References
Matthew 2:1
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem,

Matthew 2:6
But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah, for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of My people Israel.'"

Luke 2:4
So Joseph also went up from Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the City of David called Bethlehem, since he was from the house and line of David.

John 7:42
Doesn't the Scripture say that the Christ will come from the line of David and from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?"

Hebrews 7:14
For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, a tribe as to which Moses said nothing about priests.

Genesis 35:16
Then they journeyed from Bethel; and when there was still some distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel began to give birth and she suffered severe labor.

Genesis 35:19
So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).

Genesis 48:7
"Now as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died, to my sorrow, in the land of Canaan on the journey, when there was still some distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem)."

Judges 17:7
Now there was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he was staying there.

Ruth 1:1
Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons.
Treasury of Scripture

But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

But thou.

Matthew 2:6 And you Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, are not the least among the …

John 7:42 Has not the scripture said, That Christ comes of the seed of David, …

Ephratah.

Genesis 35:19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.

Genesis 48:7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land …

Ephrath.

Ruth 4:11 And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We …

1 Samuel 17:12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose …

1 Chronicles 2:50,51,54 These were the sons of Caleb the son of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah; …

1 Chronicles 4:4 And Penuel the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These …

Psalm 132:6 See, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.

among.

1 Samuel 10:19 And you have this day rejected your God, who himself saved you out …

1 Samuel 23:23 See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where …

thousands.

Exodus 18:21,25 Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able men, such as …

Deuteronomy 1:15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made …

1 Samuel 8:12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over …

1 Samuel 17:18 And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and …

yet.

Isaiah 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a …

Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root …

Ezekiel 17:22-24 Thus said the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of …

Amos 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, …

Luke 2:4-7 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, …

1 Corinthians 1:27,28 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise…

that is.

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between …

1 Chronicles 5:2 For Judah prevailed above his brothers, and of him came the chief …

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Jeremiah 13:5,6 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me…

Ezekiel 34:23,24 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, …

Ezekiel 37:22-25 And I will make them one nation in the land on the mountains of Israel; …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

Luke 1:31-33 And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, …

Luke 23:2,38 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting …

John 19:14-22 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: …

Revelation 19:16 And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING …

whose.

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the …

Psalm 102:25-27 Of old have you laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens …

Proverbs 8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the …

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we …

Revelation 1:11-18 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What you …

Revelation 2:8 And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things said …

Revelation 21:6 And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning …

everlasting. or, the days of eternity.

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