Micah 7:20
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New International Version
You will be faithful to Jacob, and show love to Abraham, as you pledged on oath to our ancestors in days long ago.

New Living Translation
You will show us your faithfulness and unfailing love as you promised to our ancestors Abraham and Jacob long ago.

English Standard Version
You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

New American Standard Bible
You will give truth to Jacob And unchanging love to Abraham, Which You swore to our forefathers From the days of old.

King James Bible
Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You will show loyalty to Jacob and faithful love to Abraham, as You swore to our fathers from days long ago.

International Standard Version
You will remain true to Jacob, and merciful to Abraham, as you promised our ancestors long ago.

NET Bible
You will be loyal to Jacob and extend your loyal love to Abraham, which you promised on oath to our ancestors in ancient times.

New Heart English Bible
You will give truth to Jacob, and mercy to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You will be faithful to Jacob. You will have mercy on Abraham as you swore by an oath to our ancestors long ago.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou wilt show faithfulness to Jacob, mercy to Abraham, As Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

New American Standard 1977
Thou wilt give truth to Jacob
            And unchanging love to Abraham,
            Which Thou didst swear to our forefathers
            From the days of old.



Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the times of old.

King James 2000 Bible
You will show truth to Jacob, and mercy to abraham, which you have sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

American King James Version
You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

American Standard Version
Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the lovingkindness to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou wilt perform the truth of Jacob, the mercy to Abraham: which thou hast sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou wilt perform truth to Jacob, loving-kindness to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers, from the days of old.

English Revised Version
Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

World English Bible
You will give truth to Jacob, and mercy to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou givest truth to Jacob, kindness to Abraham, That thou hast sworn to our fathers, from the days of antiquity!

Study Bible
God's Compassion on Israel
19He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea. 20You will give truth to Jacob And unchanging love to Abraham, Which You swore to our forefathers From the days of old.
Cross References
Luke 1:72
to show mercy to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant,

Genesis 24:27
He said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His lovingkindness and His truth toward my master; as for me, the LORD has guided me in the way to the house of my master's brothers."

Genesis 32:10
I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff only I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two companies.

Deuteronomy 7:8
but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 7:12
"Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you His covenant and His lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers.
Treasury of Scripture

You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.

Genesis 12:2,3 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and …

Genesis 17:7,8 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your seed …

Genesis 22:16-18 And said, By myself have I sworn, said the LORD, for because you …

Genesis 26:3,4 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you, and will bless you; …

Genesis 28:13,14 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God …

Psalm 105:8-10 He has remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded …

Jeremiah 33:25,26 Thus said the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and …

Luke 1:54,55,72-74 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy…

Acts 3:25,26 You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God …

Romans 11:26-31 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come …

Hebrews 6:13-18 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no …

(20) Thou wilt perform.--The closing words in the prophecy of Micah are gloriously taken up some centuries later by Zechariah: "As He spake by the mouth of His holy prophets, which have been since the world began: that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us, to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He sware to our father Abraham, that He would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life" (Luke 1:54-55).

Verse 20. - Thou wilt perform (literally, give) the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham. Jacob and Abraham are mentioned as the chiefs and representatives of the chosen family; and "the truth" (i.e. God's faithfulness to his promises) and "mercy" are equally given to both, separately assigned only for the sake of the parallelism. Knabenbaner compares such passages as Psalm 114:1, "When Israel went forth out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language" (Psalm or. 6; Isaiah 41:8; Isaiah 63:16, etc.). The general meaning, therefore, is that God will perform the promises made to the forefathers, as Luke 1:72, etc. Hast sworn, as in Genesis 22:16. etc.; Genesis 28:13, etc.; Deuteronomy 7:12. With the close of the ode Hengstenberg compares Romans 11:33-36. Thus the checkered prophecy ends with the glow of faith and happy hope.



Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob,.... That is, the promise made to Jacob, the Lord would faithfully perform and make good to his posterity, natural and spiritual, especially to those who are Israelites indeed;

and the mercy to Abraham; the gracious promises made to him, which sprung from mere grace and mercy; all respecting his natural and spiritual seed; and especially the promise of the coming of the Messiah, that seed of his in which all nations of the earth were to be blessed; and which is the eminent instance of the mercy and grace of God to Jews and Gentiles, that walk in the steps of Abraham; see Luke 1:68;

which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old; or the promises both of multiplying the seed of Abraham, and of giving them the land of Canaan, and of the Messiah springing from them, were confirmed by an oath, Genesis 22:16. The Targum is,

"thou wilt give the truth of Jacob to his sons, as thou hast sworn to him in Bethel; the goodness of Abraham to his seed after him, as thou hast sworn to him between the pieces; thou wilt remember to us the binding of Isaac, who was bound upon the altar before thee; thou wilt do with us the good things which thou hast sworn to our fathers, from the days of old;''

which Kimchi interprets of the three fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 20. perform the truth—the faithful promise.

to Jacob … Abraham—Thou shalt make good to their posterity the promise made to the patriarchs. God's promises are called "mercy," because they flow slowly from grace; "truth," because they will be surely performed (Lu 1:72, 73; 1Th 5:24).

sworn unto our fathers—(Ps 105:9, 10). The promise to Abraham is in Ge 12:2; to Isaac, in Ge 26:24; to Jacob, in Ge 28:13. This unchangeable promise implied an engagement that the seed of the patriarchs should never perish, and should be restored to their inheritance as often as they turned wholly to God (De 30:1, 2). 7:14-20 When God is about to deliver his people, he stirs up their friends to pray for them. Apply spiritually the prophet's prayer to Christ, to take care of his church, as the great Shepherd of the sheep, and to go before them, while they are here in this world as in a wood, in this world but not of it. God promises in answer to this prayer, he will do that for them which shall be repeating the miracles of former ages. As their sin brought them into bondage, so God's pardoning their sin brought them out. All who find pardoning mercy, cannot but wonder at that mercy; we have reason to stand amazed, if we know what it is. When the Lord takes away the guilt of sin, that it may not condemn us, he will break the power of sin, that it may not have dominion over us. If left to ourselves, our sins will be too hard for us; but God's grace shall be sufficient to subdue them, so that they shall not rule us, and then they shall not ruin us. When God forgives sin, he takes care that it never shall be remembered any more against the sinner. He casts their sins into the sea; not near the shore-side, where they may appear again, but into the depth of the sea, never to rise again. All their sins shall be cast there, for when God forgives sin, he forgives all. He will perfect that which concerns us, and with this good work will do all for us which our case requires, and which he has promised. These engagements relate to Christ, and the success of the gospel to the end of time, the future restoration of Israel, and the final prevailing of true religion in all lands. The Lord will perform his truth and mercy, not one jot or tittle of it shall fall to the ground: faithful is He that has promised, who also will do it. Let us remember that the Lord has given the security of his covenant, for strong consolation to all who flee for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before them in Christ Jesus.
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