Micah 5:2

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But thou Beth-leem Ephratah, though thou bee little among the thousands of Iudah, yet out of thee shall he come foorth vnto mee, that is to be ruler in Israel: whose goings foorth haue bene from of old, from euerlasting.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"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."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And you, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, the least among the families of Judah, out of you one will come to me who is to be ruler in Israel; whose going out has been purposed from time past, from the eternal days.
- Basic English Bible

(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.)
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's 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.
- World English Bible

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.
- Youngs Literal Bible

(5:1) 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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Micah 5:2


5:2 Bethlehem - Bethlehem of Judah was called Ephratah, from the fruitfulness of the land where it stood: the word whence it is derived importing fruitfulness. Art thou little - If thou art the least in other respects in this thou art honoured above them all. Ruler - King and sovereign. In Israel - Amidst the Israel of God. Going forth - Whose generation, as he is the Son of God, equal with his father, is eternal.


Discussion for Micah 5

  • kind of complicating
  • Is this saying Isreal will defeat Assyria? That hasn 't happend yet, has it?
  • Rev. Autrey
    (Micah 5:2)Again, that Micah says that Jesus is from the distant past is a clue to his identity as God. His existence is similiar to how we are aware of our own personalities. That is, if I am aware of myself as a certain person, then that certain person or personality is me, completely and fully. This is how Jesus is completely and fully God. This is the most important revelation of Jesus' identity God will ever give us!
  • Rev. Autrey
    Verse 2 speaks of Jesus as Gods persona or personality. God spoke to us through himself Jesus in the distant past. And he speaks to us this way now. "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever." "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end,says the Lord God. I am the one who is, who always was, and who is to come, the Almighty One.
  • Muhindo joel for verse 2
    God's way of doing things is quite different from what human beings think, He chooses from whom he wills.God decided to get a saviour from a minority tribe and from a place not thought of and this was to be a ruler of israel.
  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 2
    Bethlehem Ephratah would be the birth place of the Lord, and He would be of humble beginning. He will rule as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, when he comes in His second advent as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. He is the Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, and He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Micah is telling us in the first advent, He is humble, but He will become the Ruler of Israel, the likeness of his father, and from everlasting.

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