Micah 5
New American Bible Revised Edition

1*But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathaha

least among the clans of Judah,

From you shall come forth for me

one who is to be ruler in Israel;

Whose origin is from of old,

from ancient times.

2Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time

when she who is to give birth has borne,*

Then the rest of his kindred shall return

to the children of Israel.b

3He shall take his place as shepherd

by the strength of the Lord,

by the majestic name of the Lord, his God;

And they shall dwell securely, for now his greatness

shall reach to the ends of the earth:

4he shall be peace.*

If Assyria invades our country

and treads upon our land,

We shall raise against it seven shepherds,

eight of royal standing;

5They shall tend the land of Assyria with the sword,

and the land of Nimrod* with the drawn sword;

They will deliver us from Assyria,

when it invades our land,

when it treads upon our borders.

6The remnant of Jacob shall be

in the midst of many peoples,

Like dew coming from the Lord,

like showers on the grass,

Which wait for no one,

delay for no human being.

7And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations,

in the midst of many peoples,

Like a lion among beasts of the forest,

like a young lion among flocks of sheep;

When it passes through it tramples;

it tears and no one can rescue.

8Your hand shall be lifted above your foes,

and all your enemies shall be cut down.

9*On that day—oracle of the Lord

I will destroy the horses from your midst

and ruin your chariots;

10I will destroy the cities of your land

and tear down all your fortresses.

11I will destroy the sorcery you practice,

and there shall no longer be soothsayers among you.

12I will destroy your carved figures

and the sacred stones* from your midst;

And you shall no longer worship

the works of your hands.c

13I will tear out the asherahs from your midst,

and destroy your cities.

14I will wreak vengeance in anger and wrath

upon the nations that have not listened.

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