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Micah 5:1-3 The Voice (VOICE)

Eternal One: Now, muster your troops O daughter.[a] You have been besieged,
        and they will strike the judge of Israel on the cheek with a rod.

This difficult passage recalls the judges who ruled God’s people in Canaan as it looks forward to the Redeemer from the insignificant town of Bethlehem.

    But you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
        of the clans of Judah, are no poor relation—
    From your people will come a Ruler
        who will be the shepherd of My people, Israel,[b]
    Whose origins date back to the distant past,
        to the ancient days.

So God will abandon Israel
    only until the now-laboring mother gives birth,
And then those of His people who survive
    will be gathered back together with the rest of Israel.

Footnotes:

  1. 5:1 Greek manuscripts read, “Now, you are walled in.”
  2. 5:2 Matthew 2:6
The Voice (VOICE)

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