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1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.

2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.

7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.

12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.

13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.

15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.

16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

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

Commentary for Micah 7

The general prevalence of wickedness. (1-7) Reliance on God, and triumph over enemies. (8-13) Promises and encouragements for Israel. (14-20)1-7 The prophet bemoans himself that he lived among a people ripening apace for ruin, in which many good persons would suffer. Men had no comfort, no satisfaction in their own families or in their nearest relations. Contempt and violation of domestic duties are a sad symptom of universal corruption. Those are never likely to come to good who are undutiful to their parents. The prophet saw no safety or comfort but in looking to the Lord, and waiting on God his salvation. When under trials, we should look continually to our Divine Redeemer, that we may have strength and grace to trust in him, and to be examples to those around us.

8-13 Those truly penitent for sin, will see great reason to be patient under affliction. When we complain to the Lord of the badness of the times, we ought to complain against ourselves for the badness of our hearts. We must depend upon God to work deliverance for us in due time. We must not only look to him, but look for him. In our greatest distresses, we shall see no reason to despair of salvation, if by faith we look to the Lord as the God of our salvation. Though enemies triumph and insult, they shall be silenced and put to shame. Though Zion's walls may long be in ruins, there will come a day when they shall be repaired. Israel shall come from all the remote parts, not turning back for discouragements. Though our enemies may seem to prevail against us, and to rejoice over us, we should not despond. Though cast down, we are not destroyed; we may join hope in God's mercy, with submission to his correction. No hinderances can prevent the favours the Lord intends for his church.

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Micah 7

  • John
    WOW! It is kinda scary and strange if not interpreted by someone who really know the stuff. On my own I'm nothing without God or Jesus. A good pastor knows how to interpret this better than my thinking. I renew my mind by asking what does this actually mean. Not how I understand it.amen
  • Stephen Botts
    Joe Lindsey, keep the faith brother! Jesus said to marvel not if the world hates you. It hated Him first!
  • Joe Lindsey
    True there will come a time when we cannot trust others than those we know are in Christ.The hour of the watchman i think is already here for all my worldly friends have betrayed me and i trust nobody.I have to start all over and make good friends at church. They all seem to be on the same page already where they think evil is clever therefore good.God be with us all during these difficult times
  • Bruce
    No. Evil men are on the Hunt for The Blood of Others. They Wait to catch Them /--- As it is Appointed unto Men Once to Die, But after this The Judgment: Hebrews 9:27 / When We are Called: John 6:44. We Can Ask Forgiveness 1John1:9. You will be Washed in His Blood. Revelation 1:5. You Will be Baptized with The Holy Ghost. Mark 1:8. You Will be Changed, 2Corinthians 5:17. Impossible not to Know.
  • Tim Coenen
    I do not understand MICAH 7;2 . Those that SIN Lie in wait in FOR THE BLOOD. Does this mean that all SINNERS that die without Be living in God or have not REPENT, Lie an wait for Jesus BLOOD? SO that they can be SAVED? So that they may have SALVATION? I Praise the Lord Jesus, YAH.
  • Sharon vanburen
    Who is we not to forgive another who has wrong us, since Jesus came to forgive us all. No matter how many times people intentionally hurt us without a cause, God still ask us to forgive them because when we forgive them in prayer; we are bringing them to God, so that he can forgive them, and they can become his children. The enemy hates us even as sinners, he is filled with hate, evil, and envy.
  • BSP
    Verse 7~Micah was determined to be like an active sentry on a watchtower. He was determined not to become impatient and frustrated with things he could not change. Verse 2-5 shows the conditions that Micah was living under. Micah served faithfully for some 60 years.
  • P. Bowers 3
    God spoke to me as I read this. He impressed upon me to Not take Matters into my Own Hands. To Wait Upon Him in ALL Matters! I need to Settle Down, Let God Handle my Circumstances at this Junction of my Life!! Thank You, Lord for Not giving Up on me. Help Me, Lord in ALL Ways!! Blessed Sabbath to All Around the World!!

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Micah proclaims that the good man is perished out of the earth and people lie in wait for what?
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