Micah 6:8

“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Micah 6:8

Hee hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doeth the Lord require of thee, but to do iustly, and to loue mercy, and to walke humbly with thy God?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God?
- American Standard Version (1901)

He has made clear to you, O man, what is good; and what is desired from you by the Lord; only doing what is right, and loving mercy, and walking without pride before your God.
- Basic English Bible

He hath shewn thee, O man, what is good: and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with thy God?
- Darby Bible

He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what the LORD doth require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
- Webster's Bible

He has shown you, O man, what is good. What does Yahweh require of you, but to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
- World English Bible

He hath declared to thee, O man, what [is] good; Yea, what is Jehovah requiring of thee, Except -- to do judgment, and love kindness, And lowly to walk with thy God?
- Youngs Literal Bible

It hath been told thee, O man, what is good, and what the LORD doth require of thee: only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Micah 6:8

Wesley's Notes for Micah 6:8

6:8 He - God hath already told you in his word, with what you ought to come before him. To do justly - To render to every one their due, superiors, equals, inferiors, to be equal to all, and oppress none, in body, goods or name; in all your dealings with men carry a chancery in your own beasts, and do according to equity. To love mercy - To be kind, merciful and compassionate to all, not using severity towards any. Walk humbly with thy God - Keep up a constant fellowship with God, by humble, holy faith.

Discussion for Micah 6

  • Stepanie on Micah 6:8
    I want you to give me all the verses that talk about fornication (premarital sex) because i want to show an atheist that it is a sin. Thank you use my email.
  • Ahmad - in Reply on Micah 6:8
    I would start with Romans 1 (if this person is a secular homosexual sodomite)
  • Chris - in Reply on Micah 6:8
    Fornication, in the Bible, is not just pre-marital sex, but any type of sexual behaviour that is outside of marriage. So the teaching from Jesus, the Apostles & all of Scripture is that any sexual activity outside the bounds of marriage is sin before God as sex was made for the enjoyment & bringing forth of a new life within the sanctity of marriage. In any other situation, it becomes an abuse of God's design & therefore, sin.

    Some Scriptures for you to share: Matthew 15:19,20: all sin (some listed here), first starts in the heart of man & when it is conceived there, it brings forth sin & sin ultimately ends in death & judgement.

    Romans 1:27-32: speaks of homosexuality & all manner sin that God let men loose to perform because of their wickedness & ultimately will face His Judgement.

    1 Corinthians 5:1: the fornication of a son having sexual relations with his step-mother.

    1 Corinthians 6:13: our bodies were made to serve God not to serve the flesh (sensuality & abominable acts).

    1 Corinthians 6:18: fornication is sin against one's own body. He or she abuses the privilege of an act within marriage by disregarding its special position in committed love & as a gift of God.

    1 Corinthians 10:8: 23,000 people were judged & destroyed by God because of their fornication.

    Galatians 5:19-21: lists the works of the flesh; all who engage in these sins will never enter God's Presence.

    Jude 7: the example of Sodom & Gomorrah is given where many were given over to fornication, homosexuality & other sins & were destroyed by God.

    These are a few pertinent Scriptures for you to use, but if you're talking to an atheist who doesn't even believe in the existence of God, you would need to tell him/her about the reality of God through Creation, His sustaining of the worlds in space, His creation of humans with all their biological intricacies, His Love for all but judgement to those who spurn His Love & live selfish, sinful lives. We were made to find pleasure in God - not in sin.
  • Marilyn Taplin - in Reply on Micah 6:8
    It does help to have a correct definition of fornication.

    The New Testament Greek Lexicon

    For the word fornication

    This lexicon has been developed to aid the user in understanding the original text of the Greek Old and New Testament. By using the Strong's version of the King James and New American Standard Bibles, a deeper knowledge, of the passage being studied, can be gained.

    Strong's Number: 4202 porneia

    Original Word Word Origin

    porneia from (4203)

    Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling

    Porneia por-ni'-ah

    Parts of Speech TDNT

    Noun Feminine 6:579,918

    Definition Includes: illicit (forbidden) sex, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc.

    Illicit means not allowed, improper, prohibited. Ora and anal sex is prohibited for all humans.

    God tells us that the body is not made for fornication. "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification that ye should abstain from fornication, 1 Thess 4:3." The reason a person abstains from fornication in order to be holy is because fornication is the sin that makes a person unholy - unlike God.

    In 1 Corinthians 6:13 it declares, "The body is not made for fornication, but for the Lord." The human body is not made for fornication and that includes the bodies of a man and his wife.
  • S Spencer - in Reply on Micah 6:8
    Here is how Fornication is defined in the Greek pulled from the Gospel of Mark 7:21. :

    Transliteration: porneia

    Pronunciation: por-ni'-ah

    Definition: From G4203; harlotry (including adultery and incest); figuratively idolatry: - fornication.

    KJV Usage: fornication(26x).

    Occurs: 26

    In verses: 25.

    Here is how Fornication is defined in the Hebrew in Isaiah 23:17.Hebrew:

    Transliteration: znh

    Pronunciation: zaw-naw'

    Definition: A primitive root (highly fed and therefore wanton); to commit adultery (usually of the {female} and less often of simple {forniciation} rarely of involuntary ravishment); figuratively to commit idolatry (the Jewish people being regarded as the spouse of Jehovah): - (cause to) commit {fornication} X {continually} X {great} (be {an} play the) {harlot} (cause to {be} play the) {whore} ({commit} fall to) {whoredom} (cause to) go {a-whoring} whorish.

    KJV Usage: ...harlot(36x), go a whoring(19x), ...whoredom(15x), whore(11x), commit fornication(3x), whorish(3x), harlot(withH802)(2x), commit(1x), continually(1x), great(1x), whore's(withH802)(1x).

    Occurs: 94

    In verses: 82.


  • Dan on Micah 6:8
    It is OK too love a women but not touch her. Too desire her but not act
  • Chris - in Reply on Micah 6:8
    I hear what you're asking, but I don't think relationships, whether intimate or not, are so 'cut & dry'. Apart from the woman's feelings & permissions, the man has to conduct himself in a pure manner before God & within himself. What the Lord states in His Word is always clear & should be adhered to concerning our thoughts & acts towards another. The word 'lust' is not just a desire for something, it is something so deep that it consumes our thoughts, our actions, indeed affects our whole being. Lust for anything, whether for another person or something else, is wrong, & demonstrates a misplaced & imbalanced desire. And in the sexual realm, if allowed to grow, it can become very gripping & consuming, which is sin.

    When it comes to ourselves, we have to determine whether it is a genuine love or lust we have, whether our feelings towards another that's engaging our minds conform to the pattern laid out for us in the Word, even if the woman is unaware of our feelings. If your desire is genuine, i.e. you sense love deep in your heart or from some confirmation by the Spirit, then it is appropriate to make it known to the woman. Of course, if she is already 'taken' or has indicated that she doesn't want to pursue any contact with you at that level, then you would have to submit to it & leave her alone without pressuring her. It comes down to whether in any relationship, we want to please the Lord in our desire & behaviour. So if the relationship is not to be, are we prepared to let go of it & believe that God has prevented it for some reason, having something else or something better for us? And in time, we may just see the Wisdom of God in all this, as to those who are indeed His precious children to whom He gives His best.
  • Hubert asiedu on Micah 6:8
    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is simply the application of knowledge. Therefore GOD has been good for reminding to be just, merciful and humble which is the the only sure way to put on Jesus Christ. For HE said: " My yoke is meekness.... " These three requirements constitute meekness. Thank you, Father God, for being good to us . Glory, honour and power be unto Your Holy NAME.
  • Toni on Micah 6:8
    These are works that the child of God must actively participate in: be not hearers of the word only, but doers. God is calling for us to 1. do justly - make sure we are fair, not partial, nor be a respector of persons, but we treat everyone fairly and with love and respect; 2) love mercy..we have to have an intense desire to forgive people for things they may have done to us or show forbearance towards others - to show compassion; and finally, God wants us to walk humbly. We can't go around with our noses in the air thinking we're somehow better than other people. We should walk with meekness, modesty and with low degree..These are good works that God will write down in His book of remembrance.
  • Doris on Micah 6:8
    Father God, we give thanks unto your word, because your word is powerful, living and sharper. Your word works in our lives. We give Glory.


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